Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Mental Illness Awareness

The definition of OCD is: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions).

“Approximately 2.3% of the population between ages 18- 54 suffers from OCD, which out ranks mental disorders such as: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or panic disorder. In the U.S., approximately 3.3 million people have OCD, of which you have 0.3 to 1% of pediatric population and 2% of adult population.”

Symptoms of OCD are:
-Fear of being contaminated by germs or dirt or contaminating others.
-Fear of losing or not having things you might need.
-Order and symmetry: the idea that everything must line up “just right.”
-Excessive double-checking of things, such as locks, appliances, and switches.
-Repeatedly checking in on loved ones to make sure they’re safe.
-Counting, tapping, repeating certain words, or doing other senseless things to reduce anxiety.
-Spending a lot of time washing or cleaning.

The main treatments that exist to treat OCD are psychotherapy and medications. Treatments are most effective using both of these.

Psychotherapy is a certain kind of therapy for those diagnosed with OCD. It exposes you gradually to more of your obsession or feared object, such as dirt. Some medications can help control compulsions or obsessions of Obsessive Compulsive disorder. Put psychotherapy and medication together, and it may help you a great deal.

Some resources that are available to help gain knowledge about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/obssessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ocd/basics/treatment/con-20027827

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