Do I have OCD

The full name for OCD is obsessive compulsive disorder. People with constant doubt, compulsive behavior etc; are sufferers of OCD. People have no control over their behavior because their thoughts which are centered on many things without any sense of importance, priority and proportion. This is a psychological problem and your daily life may be affected. It is extremely difficult to get rid of it in spite of your best effort. The result is that you feel completely helpless and also isolated.

People suffering from OCD are of different types as listed below:

  • Constant fear of contamination resulting in washing of hands several times a day.
  • Checking everything several things never sure what has been done by him or her is correct.
  • Doubters fearing punishment thinking that their actions may not have been correct.
  • Obsessive desire for symmetry and order. Arranging and rearranging constantly.
  • Obsession with certain colors and arrangements, numbers etc.
  • Hoarding things irrespective of their condition and also whether they are needed or not.

OCD is a result of brain getting stuck on urge or thought. Never feeling sure about anything is the most difficult part of the behavior. What is of significance is that the entire reaction in a person and consequent behavior are quite involuntary. What is unfortunate is that many of the thoughts are obsessive, or distracting and disturbing. There are some children exhibit symptoms of OCD. However, it may be mistaken for autism and similar disorders.

Treatment usually is psychiatric but sometimes antidepressants are also given. However, medication alone cannot cure the disorder. An experienced psychiatrist can only address the problem successfully. The treatment consists of repeatedly exposing to the person to the source which is cause of the obsession and then preventing the person from the usual behavior. By repeatedly doing it and with patience the psychiatrist will restore confidence in the patient to desist from repeatedly from doing the same thing. Cognitive therapy is all about teaching the patient to respond to thoughts without becoming obsessive about it.

Four steps have been recommended by noted psychiatrist.

  • The first is your recognizing the fact your behavior is a result of OCD.
  • Training yourself to think differently what you have been thinking earlier is a good step. The patient should not blame himself and / or resign to fate.
  • When an obsessive thought comes trying to focus on something else will help in gradually getting rid of this obsession.
  • Self pity and self blame could give way to the thought that you are not paying attention to your obsessions.
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