Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterized by irrational thoughts, unwanted ideas or impulses that will constantly repeat itself in your mind.A repetitive acts as a means of reducing anxiety or tension. For example repeatedly checking things several times before feeling comfortable to go out or go to sleep. Is the door locked,did I lock the garage door, what about the alarm?.Washing hands constantly, hoarding ,counting, checking,arranging and constantly rearranging stuffs. Fear of contamination, fear of infection, fear or anxiety about killing someone. Fear of body imperfections, fear of not looking good,fear of gaining weight. Concern about sins against God.It is also known as a “disease of doubts “because they are pathological in doubt of what is possible to happen and what actually happened.
Most often people with Obsessive Compulsive disorder do not seek help. They will rather manage their symptoms by themselves to concel the disorder. As a result will not receive professional help until it is too late by then the disorder is embedded or ingrained in them.
Symptoms my decrease with time and become less severe but will not go away because it is a chronic disease and treatment is readily available. OCD is not Autism or pervasive developmental disorder.
OCD starts at an early age before Adolescent. OCD can get worse if not treated. It’s mostly misdiagnosed or under diagnosed.
Some people have dual disorder of bipolar and OCD, Schizophrenia and OCD, and sometimes the OCD portion is not diagnosed.
Can Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Be Treated?.
OCD can be treated with medication and behavior therapy. The medication and therapy can affect the chemistry of the brain which will create changes in behavior. The medication will regulate the serotonin in the brain therefore decreasing Obsessive and Compulsive thoughts and behavior.
Can Heredity Be A Factor In Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?.
Heredity is a strong factor in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. If diagnosed with OCD it is most likely that immediate family member has OCD.But anyone from all walks of life can get OCD irrespective of social and ethnic backgrounds, males or females.The problem starts as a teenager or early adulthood.
What Are Some Research Findings?.
Studies have shown that some eating disorder such as Anorexia, Bulimia,Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety or Tourette are triggered by the same chemical malfunction of the brain.More research are in progress to the contributing factors to these disorders.