What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder, also known as OCD, is now considered an anxiety disorder and appears to run in families. This disorder is extremely disabling to the individual who has it. The individual with OCD has uncontrollable thoughts or behaviors that they repeat over and over again. These actions can take up many hours of a day for the affected person.
OCD affects approximately 3 percent of people. Normally, it affects people over 20 years old and although with treatment the symptoms decrease, it lasts indefinitely. Men are more likely to have the disorder than women until midlife and then the percentage of men to women with the disorder are about 50/50. Approximately 1 in 200 children are also diagnosed with OCD and symptoms of the disorder are usually linked to fear. It is believed to be a biological disorder and does not stem from any traumatic lifetime event. This disability is often misdiagnosed and can take years to obtain a proper diagnosis.
What are the Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
· Obsessive Compulsive individuals often repeatedly perform ritualistic actions such as washing their hands or taking showers many times a day. This stems usually from a fear of germs and they wash continuously either to protect themselves or others from germs.
· Constant checking to see if doors and windows are locked or things are in their assigned place.
· Irrational fears of common place things cause major anxiety.
· The repeating behavior often calms their anxiety while they are performing the behavior.
· The individual often feels shameful because of their behaviors and withdraw socially because of them.
· Nervousness in public and or new situations.
· Some people with severe OCD are unable to leave their homes and need constant care or to be hospitalized.
How To Treat Obsessive Compulsive disorder
· Cognitive Behavior therapy. Teaches individual healthy ways to deal with obsessive thoughts, and how not to react to them. Exposes individual to whatever the obsession is and practice delaying the behavior.
· Family counseling
· Exercise helps to relieve anxiety and lessens obsessive behavior.
· Avoid stimulants, alcohol and nicotine.
· Medication such as, Anafranil, Celexa, Luvox, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft.
· Natural treatments such as vitamins are successful in some cases. For example, methonine, SAMe, calcium, magnesium, b-6, Inosito, TMG, and zinc.
I hope this article is useful. I am interested in this subject and wanted to share my research with you! My research on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder was done through books(yes I still read books) and the internet. The information is readily available, but when you are doing any type of research remember to verify all information, especially when surfing the web.
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