Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

What Is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a very common condition in which the person has unwanted thoughts, anxiety, obsessive worries or concerns, and, frequently, repetitive behaviors that are intended to alleviate the anxiety or compulsion.

One individual may get preoccupied with the concept that there are deadly diseases everywhere, to the point that his ability to live normally suffers significantly, whilst another may battle with unwelcome sexual cravings or fantasies that she is aware are wrong but refuses to accept.


Obsessive hand-washing, continually checking to ensure that something has been done, an unhealthy level of religiosity, and so on are examples of repeated behaviors that may arise as a result of these unwanted ideas. The issue is that, while these repeated behaviors may keep undesired worry at away, they may also become a burden to living successfully in their own right, while doing nothing to address the core cause. People with OCD frequently have a bad self-image and are concerned that if they do not participate in their obsessive behaviors, they would act on their unwanted thoughts and urges.

OCD is frequently connected with a variety of other conditions, including Asperger's, social anxiety, ADHD, and others. Sufferers may be inclined to "self-medicate" with alcohol and illicit or prescribed medicines.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) can be treated in a variety of methods, and treatment is critical since the illness is likely to worsen if not addressed, but responds very well to good treatment.

Like many psychological disorders, medication (often selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIS, or antidepressants) can provide some relief, but to truly address the issue, it is also necessary to engage in other types of therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on identifying and managing the unhelpful emotions that lie behind the obsessive behaviors.


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