Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects many people. We probably do not know that people with OCD suffer from it, and they might not even know that they have it. They repeat certain habits or activities so often, mostly because they need to be perfect or fear.
How does someone have OCD?
Genetics is one of the factors, some experts say. If a person has it, their child or other immediate family members likely have it too, even though not in the same strain. For example, a person who has an OCD of fear of germs without explainable reasons, one of their members of the family might not necessarily have the same fear but suffer other forms of OCD, for instance, the need to have things in a particular order all the time.
Firstly, OCD is about unexplained obsessions. Obsessions can be defined as thoughts or ideas repeatedly running through a person’s mind. Even though one might possess bizarre habits and fears, one does not have the power to control and get rid of them. Some OCD sufferers might experience ‘obsessions’ once in a while, whilst others every second.
Secondly, OCD is about compulsions. Compulsions are represented as movements or behaviors one assumes to overwhelm the anxieties and fears of obsessions… Usually, these compulsions are based on certain predetermined rules, which must be obeyed with extreme precisions and accuracy. Someone with OCD has close attention to detail, particularly during an ‘attack.’
An OCD victim who fears viruses would think that parasites are all around, considering they want to get rid of them all the time… Hence, they might wash hands or clean up repeatedly. This obsession takes over the mind, again and again, triggering the compulsion to take repeated actions. They believed that carrying out the compulsions would relieve the anxieties caused by the obsessions, only to realize that it is just for a short time, as after a while, the obsession resumes and often gets worse.
OCD occurs more than we actually thought. Some people take it lightly, assuming that it would just go away as time passes. Some even find it laughable. The bizarre behaviors and repetitions do appear funny sometimes. However, everyone should realize that OCD is serious and needs to be addressed and treated straight away.
Medications such as drugs are often given to help control the thought processes of OCD sufferers. However, it is a short time solution and can cause side effects. Sufferers often resume the old habits and obsessions after just a short while. Another more effective treatment used is cognitive-behavioral therapy.
The OCD sufferers are managed, trained, and compelled to make their own decisions to overcome the disorder. Although it takes longer, it is known to be more effective.
OCD is very tricky, often not very visible until it becomes serious. Once this happens, people often lock themselves at home as it affects their work and social lives, thus causing embarrassment. On the other hand, even though public awareness of OCD is important, it is not harmful enough to kill us. It can still be cured, which matters the most at the end of the day.
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Our hospital also provides detailed psychological analyses of the patient’s condition and draws up an individual treatment plan with recreational and physical exercise programs. Specialized psychological treatment can be taken according to the patient’s condition, whether in the outpatient or inpatient clinics, depending on the requirements of the attending physician and the patient’s wishes.
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