Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
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What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
It’s normal to have anxieties about things like being unclean, bacteria or ensuring your home is secure.
Some people may struggle with obsessive behaviour, such as repeatedly washing their hands or hoarding items. These are signs of compulsive behaviour caused by underlying everyday concerns.
If you constantly engage in rituals or behaviours, have intrusive thoughts, or feel the need to control situations around you, you may suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Such compulsions can be very severe and can significantly disrupt your daily life.
Symptoms of OCD
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder often display excessive handwashing, repeatedly checking things, or exhibiting anxiousness if objects are not in the exact places they expect them to be. Other forms of the disorder can include counting, hoarding, or even ruminating on intrusive thoughts.
There are four distinct stages of OCD, making it distinct from simple quirkiness:
- Obsession - Constantly feeling compelled to do something
- Anxiety - When you think about not acting on this obsession, you become anxious or distressed
- Compulsion - Acting on your habits relieves anxiety
- Relief - You no longer feel anxious. A temporary interruption will then be followed by a new cycle later.
Treatment of OCD
Despite being frequently overlooked, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can devastate an individual's life, making it difficult or even impossible to perform everyday tasks. People with OCD may suffer from intrusive thoughts, persistent fears, and uncontrollable urges, which can severely impair their functioning.
Strictly serotonin reuptake inhibitors and cognitive behavioral therapy are usually used to treat OCD.
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Causes of OCD
Genetics, environmental factors, and biological factors play a role in the onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder. The disorder's exact cause is unknown, but researchers continue studying possible contributing factors.
For example, research has indicated that the disorder often runs in families, indicating a potential genetic component.
Conversely, individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder have been found to have an imbalance in serotonin levels, indicating a difference in brain chemistry compared to those who don't have the condition.
In the EU, thousands of men and women suffer from this condition. It is pretty widespread.