Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) A True Story

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Repetitive Wahsing of Hands

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What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disorder characterized by anxious unwanted and uncontrollable thoughts and repetitive, ritualistic behaviors. These recurrent thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions) maybe senseless to the person experimenting them, but even so, the person is unable to resist performing them.

Most people suffering from OCD are aware that their obsessions and compulsions stem from irrationality, but they feel unable to stop them. They may spend amounts of time performing repetitive activities, such as washing their hands, counting numbers, worrying about germs and extreme concern about order and symmetry.

Mites (MIcroscopic Arthropods)

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Germaphobe

The first time I read about mites, I became completely shocked realizing that they may be on every unimaginable place known on the planet even in desolate regions like Antarctica. They also live on more populous places like couches, chairs, pillows, upholsters, beds, the food of our own home and dander of human bodies.

Mites are microscopic arthropods belonging to the subclass Acari. They inhabit a vast array of habitats and because of their small size; they are hardly noticed by the naked eye. They can prosper in soil or water and many live as parasites on plants, animals. Nearly 48000 species of mites are known to exist.

Obsession Symptoms

  • Fear of contamination
  • Obsessed with order and symmetry
  • Worry about harming others
  • Unwanted thoughts of aggression or religion

Compulsion Symptoms

  • Counting
  • Checking
  • Order and symmetry
  • Following a strict routine
  • Mental rituals, such as praying
  • Washing and cleaning repeatedly

Worry about Germs and Contamination


The image of mites that I had seen on a magazine began to appear on my head.

¨I won`t let those microscopic animals get into my ears during asleep, ¨ I kept repeating to myself.

For that reason, I would always shake my pillow, hoping to get rid of them completely.

¨But what if there are some still there, ¨ a repetitive thought circled inside my head.

¨I will be safe from them if I use earplugs, but I will take a shower, first, ¨ I pondered.

From that day on, I would always shake my pillow and use earplugs with the purpose of preventing microscopic invaders from entering my system.

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Repeatedly Bathing (OCD)

I had not put into action this measure before because I did not know those small animals that look like hairy spiders existed. I was terrified with the idea of having a bunch of them strolling over my face during the night.

For this reason, I implemented thorough and quick showers during the course of the day, I could imagine the diminutive animals sliding down my body and travelling down the shower drain, but some returning, as well.

Counting Numbers

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Counting Compulsion

One day, I remember going to the corner store to do an errand, taking the thought of the mites with me, but soon, that thought was replaced by the task of counting the number of steps from the main door of my house to that of the store. This became ritualistic on an every daily basis.

And the task not only consisted on counting the steps, but the mites, which would surely be in the millions, that could be living on every square feet of asphalt over which I was placing my steps.

Keeping Unneeded Items

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Compulsive Hoarding

The day seemed normal to me and I was calmly reviewing some of my long time stored belongings. I was intending to get rid of those that had no use and keep those that I could use in the future, although, even though I could preserve some items, I knew with advance that they will never be of any use in my life.

This belongs here and this there,¨ I exclaimed.

¨The big one here and the small ones there,¨ I continued.

I was fervently at the task when suddenly;

A scratch on the head followed by a pass of hand on the face would informed me that my body had been invaded by the mites and needed an immediate solution.

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Repeated Thoughts and Images

A grimace of terror would appear on my face at the thought of ingesting some of the mites while eating, for that reason, I began to wash my hands a number of times before using them for eating.

I could see the mites coming out of nowhere, and because of this, I decided that the closet needed a thorough cleaning. I had a box filled with notebooks, magazines and other stuff, just below the hung pieces of garments in the closet, which I had gathered over time and which I did not use anymore, but I did want to discard its contents. Instead, I gave it a good cleaning out and placed the box in a corner away from the mites.

What Causes OCD?

While OCD affects families, it is still unknown the real source of the disorder; however, it is believed that OCD may result from the combination of genetic, behavioral, neurobiological and environmental factors.

Quick Facts About OCD

  • OCD is a mental disorder, which produces repeated thoughts and images in the mind
  • People living in developed countries and big cities are more prone to suffer from OCD
  • Although adults realize the source of their obsessions and compulsions, they have difficulty stopping them
  • Children with OCD may not be able to recognize that their behavior is not normal
  • Scientists think there is a connection between neurotransmitters; serotonin and dopamine and OCD
  • OCD symptoms may vary over the years, they could disappear or worsen
  • OCD affects both men and women alike
  • OCD may start at any age
  • The symptoms in one third of adults start in early childhood and young adulthood
  • A person suffering from OCD may also show symptoms of depression and panic attacks
  • OCD may be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy and medication
  • People living with persons suffering from OCD may be predispose to develop illness
  • OCD is treatable and people suffering from it can be able to live a normal life

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