OCD and Eating DisordersIt is all too common for eating disorders to be accompanied by co-occurring conditions—and one of the most serious of all is obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD. While OCD is well known, it is not necessarily well understood. Much of what passes for conventional wisdom is in fact caricature and stigma, so it is worth looking at OCD with some clear, accurate details. Essentially, in order to receive a diagnosis of OCD, you have to meet a narrow set of criteria:
- You have to have obsessions and compulsions;
- Those obsessions and compulsions must have a big impact on your day to day life; and
- Your obsessions and compulsions must be unreasonable—whether you realize it or not.