Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mental Health Disorders: O.C.D


Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive, unwanted thoughts that trigger repetitive actions called compulsions. A person who suffers from O.C.D can’t get any peace of mind unless he performs those repeated actions that offer some mental
comfort for a brief period of time. The urges of performing certain rituals may interfere with a normal social functioning, but are not necessarily part of the manifestation of the obsessive-compulsive disorder.



Some have obsessive thoughts, others just compulsions, but most of people have both of them. For persons who suffer from this type of mental disorder, realizing repetitive rituals is a must to decrease the anxiety level and keep it in some kind of control. The recurrent thoughts are hard to overcome, and the anxiety increases if the compulsions aren’t performed to relieve the person from the obsession thoughts.

Performing the rituals is not pleasurable and most people who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder admit that their actions and thoughts are irrational, but they feel powerless in fighting against them.

HealthCare review Common obsessions involve the repulsion concerning germs and dirt and people might develop compulsions regarding repetitive cleansing, in some cases even dozens of times per day.
Checking things over and over are another obsession common within people that suffer from this anxiety disorder and it is defined by locking and unlocking the door several times, by repeatedly checking if the lights are off in a certain room, checking to see if the stove is shut, repeatedly looking in one’s bag to see if they have their id’s, cell phone etc.

People might also be obsessed with touching things according to a certain sequence or counting things. It is often with people who have O.C.D to experience high preoccupation for order and symmetry and developing compulsions involving that. Arranging clothes by tag or color or placing cosmetic items in a certain order in the bathroom are common amongst people obsessed with order and symmetry.

Since these recurrent thoughts and obsession actions interfere with a normal lifestyle and social behavior, even if this condition doesn’t seem to affect people in a very serious way, O.C.D is not something that simply goes away one day and it is hard to battle with on their own. People concerned about their thoughts and reactions ought to consult a psychologist. A combined form of treatment of both medication and psychological therapy does show great results. O.C.D however can’t be completely cured. It is the result of a mix of factors regarding genetics, anatomy and personality development. 

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