High Functioning OCD: Signs and Symptoms

People with high functioning OCD can do well, despite significant distress. Treatment can help with symptom management and improve quality of life.

People who don’t have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may negatively perceive the condition. They may assume someone with OCD can’t work or have relationships.

While many people with OCD experience barriers to job success and healthy relationships, others may achieve great professional and personal success.

Nonetheless, they still live with the daily reality of OCD. The mental health advocacy group Made of Millions calls this “high functioning OCD.”

Many people with high functioning OCD don’t seek treatment or may not even recognize they live with a treatable condition. But treatment options, such as talk therapy and medication, can help people with OCD cope with their symptoms.

OCD can be a debilitating condition, but if you experience symptoms, help is available. You’re not alone.