OCD Treatment Options For Obsessive Behaviour
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder -- What is it and do I have it?
Before we look at OCD treatment options let us take a look at what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is.
As the name suggests it is a compulsion to perform rituals (such as the washing of hands). This compulsion temporarily relieves the stress of obsessive and recurring thoughts. In the case of constant hand washing it may be an obsessive fear of germ contamination.
Many sufferers of the disease are reluctant to admit that they have obsessions or compulsions as they feel embarrassed and may think they are crazy in some way. As a result it can go undiagnosed for many years. However, most people are likely to have experienced symptoms of OCD at some time in their lives, particularly in times of stress. Think about the time you had to keep going to the front door to check that it was locked even though you had already done this several times. Or avoiding cracks in the pavement. Hoarding is also considered to be a form of OCD.
And now on to the OCD treatments available...
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A Personal Story of OCD
This is an eight minute documentary of a young man with a severe case of OCD. It includes footage with a clinician who practices cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). The young man explains how the therapy has been helping him and recommends you get the treatment you need.
The Defective Detective - ...has OCD
We are all familiar with the brilliant and loveable TV character Adrian Monk who suffers this debilitating disorder.
Here you have all the series in one complete package...to watch over and over if needed!
Medical treatments are available from your health professional after correct diagnosis.
The use of tranquilizers can be habit-forming so should only be used for short periods of time. It is designed to reduce compulsive urges by relaxing the body. Tranquilizers may be prescribed to people with more severe OCD symptoms.
- Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs).
An antidepressant which boosts the levels of serotonin in the brain. OCD suffers tend to have low serotonin levels.
Psychotherapy should be considered as one of the first treatments for OCD.
- Cognitive-behavior therapy
Cognitive therapy is where a person learns to understand and change their thoughts and beliefs. In behavioral therapy the sufferer learns to change specific actions. The combination of cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy and is a highly effectiv
Hypnosis is designed to relax you to the extent that your worries and obsessions drift away. A series of instruction is given to you once you have reached a relaxed state. These instructions are designed to replace the way you react to situations that are causing your obsessions.
I chose this book as it has 15 reviewers giving is a 5 star rating! The reviewers rave about this book saying it is better than the excellent book that preceded it.
Books on OCD
A book written in 'our' language so that it is understandable and not full of medical terms. It's a book that should be read by all sufferers AND their families.
How OCD Affects Me
Remember that OCD is very varied and can cover numerous obsessions. If you think a particular trait should be listed and it's not here please note this in the guest book below.
When I was a young girl I went through a phase of having to wash my hands constantly. Even when I had just washed them turning the taps off made me think of the germs I'd just touched and I'd be back at it! My hands became red raw as you can imagine. Fortunately I did grow out of it but many others don't.
Occasionally I'll still get obsessed about locking the front door and will turn around even though I've just driven off. This is obviously very minor but others are not so lucky.
That'll come in handy one day...I have a real reluctance to throw things away so I do know I'm a hoarder, fortunately not severe as some you see on TV where they can't move around the house!
An invaluable source for those suffering from a need to keep everything to the extent that hoarding has become obsessive.
What is your particular obsession?
Well Known People with OCD - You are not alone...
- Famous People with Tourette’s Syndrome or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Some of the people here may surprise you.
- Famous People with OCD
"Although obsessive-compulsive disorder commonly occurs in many patients with Gilles de la Tourette's syndrome, little is known about the obsessions and compulsions of Tourette's syndrome and whether they differ from those seen in pure obsessive-comp
- List of 50
Sports stars, entertainers, scientists, business people, musicians....
The Movie: As Good as it Gets
Starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt.
I loved this movie, partly because I love Jack Nicholson but he deserved his Oscar as the romance novelist with OCD. Can you believe it, a romance novelist? Especially for the fact that while mischievously charming he is not particularly romantic! This is a comedy with realism, pain and warmth.
OCD treatments on YouTube
I hope you have found this lens to be help in some way. Please feel free to leave your comments.