Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Let us begin with understanding what is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder???. At one time or another we all have crossed check whether we have locked our doors, bags etc. Sometimes you repetitively think something very strange or a disturbing thought pops into your head. Some think its normal and take it as routine, without giving it a second thought. If you have obsessive compulsive disorder, these kinds of occurrences can become really stressing. Obsessive compulsive disorder is referred as an anxiety disorder caused by recurring disturbing thought (called obsessions) and the person affected compulsorily performs this (called compulsions). Below are some common examples and facts you need to know about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Also understanding OCD is important. So that you don’t link some other mental disorders with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is different from other disorders. Every person has different symptoms.
In OCD, the person realizes that her thoughts or behavior is senseless or excessive. Many therapies and medication are available for treating OCD.
Some Common Examples of obsessions:
- Fear of being contaminated by germs or dirt or contaminating others.
- The Fear of losing control and hurting themselves or others.
- One is sexually explicit.
- Excessively religious. (Not all)
- They constantly Fear of losing or not having things he/she might need.
- Too much focus on Order and symmetry: everything should be right.
- One is excessively superstitions.
Some Facts about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder that you should know:
- OCD is an anxiety disorder. Those mentioned above are some common examples of obsessions. Other examples are, repeatedly checking door whether they are locked or not, counting objects, letters, words, rearranging objects to ensure a specific order or symmetry etc.
- OCD symptoms vary from person to person mostly, people have an obsession and compulsion both. Rarely, people have only Obsession or Compulsion disorders.
- OCD can happen to anyone, there is no one specific reason why it can happen to you. However, there are many risk factors that are capable of increasing the chances of developing this disorder.
- As you grow age, the risk of developing OCD reduces. Late adolescence is the most risky age. Males and females are equally at risk. However, during childhood, males are more likely to develop OCD. If you have family members with OCD then there are more chances of you getting prone to OCD. Another reason could be stress, traumatic events, sexual abuse or the death of closed ones.
- OCD can be diagnosed using a blood test or X ray. But, make sure you are consulting an expert professional such as Psychiatrist or Psychologist.
- Effective treatments are available. These include medications such as Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), Anafranil (clomipramine), and Paxil (paroxetine) which affects serotonin levels as well as psychotherapies . Medication and psychotherapy work more or less equally.
- Keeping your stress level in check will reduce the chances of OCD. Stress is the major reason for OCD. So, make sure your level is in control.
- While you are facing OCD and trying to resolve this issue. Try to focus on your day to day management rather than the final cure. OCD is a chronic illness.Don’t be disappointed if you are suffering from OCD. Many successful, intelligent people suffer from OCD. With proper treatment, it is possible to live a happy life.
HOW IS OCD DIFFERENT FROM OTHER CONDITIONS
All of us feel stressed at some point or another and trust me it is normal. There is a lot of confusion whether you are suffering from OCD or other conditions. Being obsessive and compulsive are totally different than those normal thoughts which constantly prevails in our mind. I have mentioned few symptoms in the above paragraph. Hence, before drawing any Conclusion I would reiterate, Consult a specialist.