Sunday, October 14, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Today, my post is about OCD, I thought, it is interesting topic and it may help someone.

ocdObsessive Compulsive Disorder is sometime correlated to an anxiety disorder. People with this type of disorder keep doing repeated performance or have uncontrolled behavior.  People are said to be obsessive when they have anxious behavior or constantly thinking about something as persistent thought and the term compulsive state performing repetitive behaviors on those thought that ascended from their anxiety.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety Disorder are not same type of disorder, people often make mistake by relating it to be the same type of disorder because both type of disorder involve persistent worries.

People suffering from anxiety disorder are characterized by fearful thought or getting excessive panic and recurrent worries on broad range of area and do not exhibit ritualistic compulsions. On other hand, people suffering from OCD are confined to handful or specific entity and perform ritualistic compulsions to reduce distress or a feared situation caused by the obsessions.

This type of disorder cannot be recognizable easily because it looks like normal activities.  We, sometimes do repetitive task such as washing hand after holding dirty containers to ensure that we are free from germs.  The scenario would be totally different for those who are affected with obsessive compulsive disorder; they would wash their hand over again and again for long hours even after they have sanitized it properly because of their intrusive or unproductive thought.

This kind of behaviors is found equally in male and female gender, the root cause of this type of disorder is still unknown and research is still going but it said that it can be accompanied by anxiety disorder, improper thinking pattern, depression, eating disorders. 

The symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder

The symptoms that can cause OCD:
    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Repeated actions (rituals), such as hand washing, that do not bring you pleasure and take at least an hour a day
  • Repeated thoughts or feelings (obsessions) such as fear of dirt
  • Unwanted thoughts or feelings you believe you cannot control

How is obsessive compulsive disorder treated?

The root cause is still unknown but to some extent it can be treated by consulting to psychiatrist and with aid of medications such as tricyclic antidepressants.  Other therapy can be followed:
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage therapy
  • Yoga


The potential complications of obsessive compulsive disorder

  • The potential complication may include:
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Increased risk for suicide (Panic Disorder or Mood Disorder)
  • Substance abuse (Drinking Excessive Alcohol or Heavy Smoking to Relieve Anxious Feelings)
I have tried my best to part away knowledge regarding OCD. Please feel free to share your knowledge by commenting.






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