How to overcome Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The word obsession is commonly understood as an excessive, self-directed preoccupation with someone or something. In other words, an enduring focus on something we usually find pleasurable – gossip magazines, mountain biking, technology, etc. 

An obsession in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) takes on a far different – and sinister – meaning.


If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts and are not under professional care, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 800-273-8255. Please call 911 in the case of an emergency.  

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is often diagnosed with depression or other mood disorders. When left untreated in the wake of other risk factors, it can worsen depression. One alarming result can be suicidal thoughts. [i] The below expands on suicidal thoughts to challenge misconceptions that deter people from treatment and to serve as a basis for comparison against suicidal obsessions, a product of OCD.


Suicide OCD vs Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts are a significant health concern in the U.S. today. In 2008-2009, 8.3 million people over age 18, corresponding to 3.7% of adults, reported having suicidal thoughts during the previous year. Based on self-report, this is undoubtedly an underestimate as many are hesitant to admit having such thoughts.

Sometimes what appears to be suicidal ideation is actually a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. There are a number of factors differentiating suicidal thoughts and suicidal obsessions, yet given the high degree of overlap, determining the scope of the problem for each individual requires a comprehensive evaluation and regular follow-up.