Introduction to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD

Definition

 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a kind of chemical disorder that affects the brain resulting from many factors. It is in short the need to do something and redo it for several times just because you’re not sure about it. It’s the dying urge to clean your hand or shower again and again. It’s the wild fake necessity to clean your house over and over and over. It’s when you can’t stop staring at the picture on the wall because it’s titled by one micron! Sure, sometimes this necessity or behavior can be commendable and good, but most of the times, it can be really annoying to the person in question and to the people around him/ her. This disorder was perfectly depicted in the TV Show “Monk”, where Tony Shalhoub (Lead Character) is a hygienic fanatic and a systematization maniac. So, the sufferer here feels compelled to do irrational and distressing behaviors. In this Hub, we will shed light on this disorder with some details.

Identifying OCD:

 The main problem of this disorder is the ignorance of its reality, thus, correct diagnosis is the start to the cure because lots of OCD patients don’t know they have chemical brain disorder. In some studies about OCD people in the US, a patient might spend almost nine years trying to figure out a cure pursuing inaccurate approaches before they can get the right diagnosis and treatment. On the other hand, the patient seems to be intimidated to tell anyone about his/ her disorder, fearing that people would think of them as crazy. Also, the patient thinks that this disorder is not an illness; rather, all their actions are correct especially if those actions are linked to some behavioral disorders like washing themselves many times, or cleaning the door knob a hundred times…etc so, this person doesn’t require any consultation because he/ she doesn’t need that!

Understanding OCD:

 One of the problems that face the patient’s family is how to deal with his/ her OCD. Some try to deal with it rationally, some with anger, some with despair and so on. But those reactions may aggravate the problem because things get more complicated when defying and arguing the patient. So, it’s important for the family to understand the correct way of dealing with an OCD person, otherwise, this conflict might lead to divorce, estrangement or break up. Some might lose their jobs or even their friends therefore ending up in total separation from everyone.

Self-Therapy

Perhaps it is difficult for the patients to treat themselves, especially when the OCD person tries to confront the issue, and it’s not easy to cope with the reality of having OCD. But, this is an unavoidable pain, so the patient needs to know that OCD will not disappear if left in the grip of time for time alone will not heal anything! Treatment can be tough at the beginning but will get easier after a while and will fade away gradually. Plus, those compulsive, un-controllable thoughts will vanish until they become worthless to the patient. So, to start the treatment, we need courage and perseverance.

Medication Treatment

 It’s very important for the patient to adhere to the medication prescribed by a specialized therapist like: Prozac for instance, where this drug increases the ratio of Serotonin Inhibitor in the brain, which eliminates the negative thoughts, and helps the brain regain its normal activity. Side effects of this drug are minimal and disappear when not using the drug. So, there is no fear of addiction to it and the patient can quit anytime. However, this drug needs some weeks to start the positive healing process and here resides the dilemma because the patient is always on a hurry due to an intolerable anxiety and depression; hence, this will lead the patient to stop the treatment. So, what we need in this stage is persistence, and the patient shall not stop medication until told otherwise by the doctor or all the previous efforts will just diminish to ground zero.

Can time alone cure OCD?

 Recent studies conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Shwartz, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), confirm that if OCD is left to time without proper treatment, it will worsen the patient’s condition and lead to a psychological deterioration and depression and finally isolate the OCD person from the outside world. What we need here is to understand OCD properly and to create a positive climate to encourage the patient.

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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

shamelabboush, GREAT hub. Loved it for I have a mild case of O.C.D. Not as bad now as I used to be. I was so bad once that my family threatened to move out. I got help, but first had to acknowledge to myself that I had O.C.D. Now a moderately-tidy house is fine. But I have to have a clean sink--no dishes to wash and no trash to get out. Voted up, useful and interesting. You are a very good writer. Loved your style. I am now a fan and follower. Sincerely, Kenneth Avery, from a rural town, Hamilton, in northwest Alabama that reminds you of the town, Mayberry, on the Andy Griffith Show. Peace and Sanity to you. (((kenneth)))


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

It's terrible PW and can affect people around them.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

I know one person with OCD and she is on medication. Must be terrible to live with that affliction.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Thanks dear ripplemaker for stopping by.


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I have known some people who have OCD tendencies but not this severe though. It does seem so challenging. Thanks for writing about this hub.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

You are right dear cathy eastman. Thanks for the comment.


cathy eastman 7 years ago

Great Hub! I know a few today that has OCD and they have lived with this all their life and figured out on their own how to cope with this without medication from the doctor. It can be a very challeging thing to do but once you accomplished it and learn how to self help on your own then it is a normal life from that time own.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Hi dear Blondepoet, sure we will have residue of a past experience. Thanks for stopping by.


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Excellent Hub on a very important topic. I myself have suffered in the past with eating disorders, you get over them but part of it gets left behind.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Thank you my friend, your praise is a medal for me :)


badcompany99 7 years ago

One of your best hubs yet, nice one !


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Dear ColdWarBaby, thank you for commenting.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Hello GeneriqueMedia, appreciate your lovely comment.


ColdWarBaby 7 years ago

Very good questions BirteEdwards. Fodder for a hub in fact.

The human race is currently suffering from a number of ailments which have been spawned by its own careless exploitation of the environment.

http://hubpages.com/hub/A-TIME-FOR-EVERY-SEASON


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GeneriqueMedia 7 years ago from Earth

Another good one shamelabboush. =)

I always view medication as a last resort, myself. Its better to cure the issues outright than to slap a band aid on them. Though, admittedly, many have such low self esteems they don't feel its within them to modify their thought patterns.

Sincerely,

G|M


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Dear 3cardmonte,

Dear Lisa HW,

your visit is a pleasure. Thank you.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Dear BriteEdwards, until now, there is no specific reason. People having OCD seem to have it gradually without introductions. Clinically speaking, we can detect an over-activity in the orbital frontal cortex (a part in the brain responsible for fear and danger)more than normal people. It's been said also that, social life, environment and maybe religion play major role in addition to the way of upbringing the kid. All these factors contribute to that unusual behavior.

Thanks dear for your nice interaction.


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Lisa HW 7 years ago from Massachusetts

I agree with 3cardmonte. This is a sensible, informative, Hub about a condition that is too often misunderstood (and a term that is too often, and ignorantly, thrown around).


3cardmonte 7 years ago

Excellent hub, very informatve and sensitive. THe term is thrown around quite a lot these days, because many people don't realise quite how serious the condition is.Well done.


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BirteEdwards 7 years ago

Very important message you are bringing out. I have heard of this disorder, but never personally met anyone suffering from it.

If this is a disorder due to chemical malfunctioning in the brain, is there a particular time in life when this type of behavior breaks out?

What are the reasons for the chemical malfunctioning? Certain types of food? Pollution? Exposure to certain chemicals. This would be very important information to include in this excellent hub

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