Some people with OCD may have only a few symptoms and may never seek treatment (many family members or friends would just say that they have a few odd or quirky behaviors, such as always turning off the gas and water lines in the house when they leave to go to work, just to be sure that there are no fires or floods).
Others may suffer from OCD so severely that they engage in behaviors that are highly painful or isolating.
For example, some individuals shower for over twenty-four hours straight to wash off germs, live in only one room of their home for years to avoid spreading any contamination, or go to confession on a daily basis because they are afraid that they might have committed a sin.
At its most severe level, OCD may require residential treatment, which can take from thirty to ninety days or more.
Although this is the extreme end of the spectrum, individuals with OCD even this severe can benefit from treatment from OCD specialists.