1. Recurrent feelings of fear or anxiety:
People who experience mild OCD symptoms may find that they are overwhelmed with feelings of fear or anxiousness, which can be caused by a variety of triggers. These feelings can be constant, or come and go in cycles. They can make it difficult to concentrate on daily tasks and enjoy life. Symptoms of fear or anxiety may include panic attacks, insomnia, and difficulty controlling emotions.
2. Obsessive thoughts that are uncontrollable:
Obsessive thoughts can range from worrisome to completely out of control. These intrusive thoughts can be about anything—from the mundane to the deeply distressing. People with mild OCD may struggle with feeling like they have no control over these recurring thoughts.
3. Repetitive behaviors such as cleaning, checking, counting or arranging objects:
Repetitive behaviors are an important part of diagnosing mild OCD symptoms. People may find themselves engaging in certain rituals or compulsions such as excessive hand-washing, repeated checking of things like door locks or light switches, and obsessive counting of objects. These behaviors can significantly interfere with daily life.
4. Fear of contamination from germs:
People with mild OCD may feel a strong fear of contamination from germs or other substances, leading them to engage in excessive cleaning and hand-washing rituals. This fear can be irrational, yet still difficult to control.
5. Compulsive hoarding of items:
Compulsive hoarding is another symptom associated with mild OCD symptoms. People may compulsively collect items that are often considered useless or unnecessary, such as old newspapers and magazines, clothes, or even food containers. These items may be kept for years and never used as there is an emotional attachment to them.
6. Avoidance of certain activities due to irrational beliefs:
People with mild OCD may be more likely to avoid certain activities or situations due to irrational beliefs. For example, they may avoid going to the grocery store because of an irrational fear that something bad will happen. Additionally, they may have difficulty engaging in social activities due to fears of judgment or criticism from others.
7. Difficulty focusing on daily tasks:
Mild OCD symptoms can often lead to difficulties concentrating and focusing on day-to-day tasks, leading to avoidance or procrastination. People may find it hard to stay organized and prioritize tasks, as well as follow through with commitments.
8. Unnecessary rituals or routines:
People who experience mild OCD symptoms may engage in unnecessary rituals or routines that take up a lot of time and energy. These rituals can range from elaborate hand-washing routines to checking multiple times that the door is locked before leaving the house.
9. Feelings of anxiety when unable to perform rituals:
Mild OCD symptoms can also lead to feelings of extreme anxiety when people are not able to perform their necessary rituals or routines. In these cases, even simple activities such as making a meal or getting dressed in the morning can become stressful experiences due to the inability to engage in certain compulsive behaviors.