Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that causes people to engage in rituals that included persistent checking, repeating behaviors that are driven by fear, and negatively affect the life of the individual. Those with OCD can also be disturbed by repetitive thoughts that they don’t like.
OCD affects 1.2% of the population. Though common, it is one of the less common of the anxiety disorders. Treatment usually involves cognitive behavioral therapy, counseling, and sometimes medication.
Like all anxiety disorders, the behaviors unique to OCD are driven by fear. People engage in the behaviors to calm themselves down. For instance, a sufferer may have a constant fear that the stove was left on and that the house could burn down. To ease their fear of this, they’ll repeatedly check the stove to make sure that it’s off. This may seem normal behavior for anyone worried about the stove being left on, but someone with OCD will check to see if the stove was left on, confirm it’s off, then come back to check again an hour later. The behavior becomes irrational and eventually lowers the quality of the sufferer’s life.
People with OCD may find that weighted blankets help calm them down. Counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy and possibly medication will help them challenge their beliefs and change their behaviors which will have the biggest positive impact on the disorder, but the Dreamhug weighted blanket can be used as an additional tool to relax during anxious moments, and help them sleep better. Most people who suffer from OCD have sleeping issues. A weighted blanket can be an affordable, and safe solution to improve their sleep.
If you think you might have OCD, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor to talk about treatment. It’s a treatable disorder! A Dreamhug weighted blanket will likely also improve your quality of life as well! We offer a 15 sleeps guarantee that allows you to see if the blanket helps relax you. If it doesn’t help you, we’ll issue you a refund!