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1st Floor Opd , Near Tata Memorail Hospital, Jerbai Wadia Road, Parel
Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400012
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Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital
MD - Psychiatry
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Indian Psychiatric Society
Bombay Psychiatric Society
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  • MD - Psychiatry
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  • MD - Psychiatry
    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that affects about 2 to 3% of the population. People with OCD experience both obsessions and compulsions.

    Obsessions are unwanted and disturbing thoughts, images, or impulses that suddenly pop into the mind and cause a great deal of anxiety or distress.

    Compulsions are deliberate behaviours (e.g. washing, checking, ordering) or mental acts (e.g. praying, counting, repeating phrases) that are carried out to reduce the anxiety caused by the obsessions.

    What do “Obsessions” Look Like?
    There are many different types of obsessions, and many people with OCD will have more than one type of obsession. Some examples of common obsessions are:

    Fear of contamination
    This obsession involves a fear of coming into contact with germs, getting sick, or making others sick, from touching “dirty” or “contaminated” items, sticky substances, or chemicals. For example, “I will be contaminated by germs if I pick up this pen off the floor”, or “I can be poisoned by lead if I come into contact with paint.”

    Thoughts of doubt

    This obsession involves constant doubt about whether you’ve done something wrong or made a mistake. For example, “Did I turn off the stove?”, “I think I made a spelling error on the email I just sent.”, “I think I threw away something important”, or “I might not have answered that question clearly and precisely enough.”‘ Did i drop something”

    Fear of accidentally harming self or others:

    Adults with these obsessions are afraid of harming themselves or others through carelessness. For example, “If I don’t make sure that the door is locked at night, the apartment might get broken into and I might be robbed and murdered”, “If I don’t immediately change out of my work clothes and wash them with bleach, I might bring outside germs home and cause my whole family to be sick.”

    Need for symmetry/exactness:

    Adults with this obsession feel a need to have objects placed in a certain order or position, or tasks or events to be completed in a set way. For example, “I need to sort all my clothes by colour and have them face the same direction. Otherwise, it just does not feel right!”; “I just scratched my right arm twice and now I need to balance it out by scratching my left arm twice.” David Beckham is said to arrange his bottles in the refrigerator in order of height.

    Repugnant obsessions:

    Repugnant means disgusting. These kinds of obsessions include unwanted thoughts, images, or impulses of doing something horrible to a loved one (e.g., throwing your baby off a balcony, kicking your elderly grandmother; jumping off a bridge); sexual obsessions (e.g., thoughts of touching someone sexually against his/her will, images of molesting one’s baby, doubts about one’s sexuality); and obsessions that violate religious beliefs (e.g., swearing in temple/church, images of having sex with a god). Repugnant obsessions can also take the form of doubts, for example, “Did I run over someone without realizing?”, “Did I become sexually aroused while bathing my baby?”,These kinds of obsessions are particularly unwanted and people with them would never want to act on them. Having them DOES NOT mean you are crazy, dangerous, or evil deep down inside!

    What do “Compulsions” Look Like?

    Some examples of common compulsions are:

    Washing/cleaning compulsions:

    o Washing hands excessively

    o Rituals and rules for cleaning the bathroom or kitchen, washing laundry, etc.
    o Grooming/teeth brushing rituals (for example, brushing your teeth in a particular order)
    o Showering rituals (such as washing a specific part of the body first)

    Checking compulsions:

    These behaviours are performed in an attempt to stop something bad from happening. However, repeated checking often makes people feel even less sure that they have successfully prevented the bad event from happening. Some examples include:
    o Checking to make sure doors are locked, stoves are turned off, electrical outlets are unplugged, etc.
    o Checking to make sure everyone is okay and not harmed. For example, calling family members repeatedly to “check” if they are safe.
    o Checking to make sure that you haven’t made any mistakes. For example, re-reading emails over and over to “check” for spelling/grammar mistakes or visually checking the environment to make sure that you have not left anything important behind.

    Ordering/arranging compulsions:

    This category of compulsion involves arranging items in specific ways, such as clothes, books, shoes, etc. For example, you might line up all the clothes in the closet so that they are arranged according to colour, with all the hangers facing in the same direction. Adults with this compulsion will sometimes arrange things until it “feels right”. Some will do it to prevent bad things from happening; for example, “If I don’t arrange all the books and magazines in the house so that they face east, then someone in my family will die.”

    Mental rituals:

    These are compulsions that are performed in your head. For example, you might mentally repeat a prayer whenever you have thoughts about something bad happening, or you might replace a “bad” thought (e.g., mom dying) with a “good” one (e.g., mom smiling and in good health).
    Need to ask or confess.
    Some adults with OCD are afraid that they have done or thought something “bad”, and therefore feel a strong urge to confess all of their thoughts to friends or family (for example, telling a loved one that “I just had a thought about pushing someone into the street”). Most people who feel the need to confess will also seek repeated reassurance that everything is okay (for example, asking a loved one, “Do you still love me even though I had a bad thought?”).


    Some adults with OCD have a very hard time throwing away things that seem to others useless or of limited value. Hoarding can lead to excessive clutter in the home and interfere with daily life. For example, some people are not able to throw away any receipts, financial documents, or old newspapers.

    How do I know if I have OCD?

    Everyone has thoughts that are upsetting or do not make a lot of sense from time to time; this is normal. Just having an unpleasant thought does not mean you have obsessions. Similarly, it is not uncommon for people to repeat certain actions, such as double-checking whether the door is locked. However, these behaviours are not always compulsions.

    When is it an obsession?

    1. Obsessions occur frequently, even when you try very hard not to have them. People with OCD often say that their obsessions are intrusive and out of control.

    2. Obsessions are time consuming. People with OCD spend at least one hour a day thinking about their obsessions.

    3. Obsessions cause a lot of anxiety or distress and interfere with life.

    4. Obsessions often lead to compulsions. People who have normal unwanted thoughts will not engage in compulsive or ritualistic behaviours to “fix” or “undo” the obsession.

    When is it a compulsion?

    1. Compulsions are related to obsessions. For example, if you have obsessions about being contaminated by germs, you will compulsively wash your hands to reduce the fear of being contaminated by touching something “dirty”.

    2. Compulsions are repetitive. They are often done repeatedly and in an excessive and very specific way (e.g., washing each finger carefully, using only hot water). If the compulsions are not performed “correctly” or are interrupted, you might need to perform the entire compulsion again. Once is never enough!

    3. Compulsions are also time consuming. People with OCD often spend at least one hour a day carrying out their compulsions.

    4. Compulsions are deliberate. Although people with OCD describe their obsessions as being unwanted thoughts that “pop” into their heads uninvited, compulsions are carried out deliberately, because compulsions reduce anxiety in the short-term. While obsessions cause anxiety, performing a compulsion reduces that anxiety. For example, if you have an obsession about being contaminated by germs, you will probably feel anxious. However, if you then start compulsively washing your hands, your anxiety will probably diminish.

    5. Compulsions cause a lot of anxiety in the long-run. Although people with OCD perform compulsions to “deal with” their obsessions, they often find that they become “slaves” to their compulsions. That is, they need to carry out the compulsions so often that they feel that they have no control over them.

    In summary, you have OCD if:

    A. You spend a lot of time thinking about (or avoiding) your obsessions and/or performing your compulsions.

    B. You feel quite anxious or nervous most of the time.

    C. Your daily life is significantly affected by it. For example, your OCD might cause you to take hours to do a small task (e.g., writing a casual email), get in the way of spending time with your family and friends, or prevent you from meeting work deadlines or even getting out of the house
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  • MD - Psychiatry
    When we are worried or overly stressed we can’t do our best. We need to be proactive and live life with ease and joy. Our perceptions, attitudes, choices and responses should be within our control.

    There is a circle of control within which you are comfortable. For example if you are afraid of speaking in public, you may shy away from such an activity or you may on the other hand, choose to focus on what is under your control by working hard on practicing that speech with friends, family and supportive people in order to overcome your fear.

    When issues outside the circle of our control begin to take prominence they are likely to cause hurt and disturbance. There are many ways to feel strong so that you are not always caught off-guard or unprepared for situations.

    Not all stress is bad

    We sometimes hear people say ‘I work better under pressure’ or ‘I thrive on competition’. There are others who endlessly crib about work pressure, increasing population, mounting prices, water shortage, etc. What we need is a balance. We need to feel stretched, but not so far that we might snap. Feeling bad or worrying about something does not fix the problem but adds to your feeling of helplessness. Being stressed is by itself, usually a cause for further stress.

    The attitude of the person and the way they approach the situation makes all the difference. One person’s challenge may well be another’s way of life

    Some stress is normal and even useful

    A certain amount of stress is essential for normal health. Some stress is definitely required to stimulate us to do day-to-day tasks. Some levels of stress are beneficial for higher productivity and efficiency. A student may be nervous about studying for a competitive exam, but this does not automatically mean that it will cause him/her to perform poorly. The child may just become more conscientious with revision
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  • MD - Psychiatry
    Breathing exercises for Anxiety

    Its as simple as this. Do it repeatedly and you will become an expert..

    Blow anxiety away

    Slow breathing technique

    Using the second hand on a watch or clock:

    1. Hold your breath for six seconds

    2.Breathe in and out on a six-second cycle, saying the
    word “relax” as you breathe out

    3.After one minute, hold your breath again, then
    continue to breathe on a six-second cycle

    4.Repeat the sequence until anxiety has diminished

    Blow your anxiety away …
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  • MD - Psychiatry
    ADHD is not fun for the child!

    ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition characterized by an inability to concentrate and sustain attention. It is a biological problem of the brain.

    Due to poor concentration the child feels bored easily and may become impulsive and appear to be mischievous

    He may answer out of turn and will talk even when not spoken to.

    He may have difficulty sitting at one place.

    He maybe restless, fidgety and jumping about.

    This will hamper his ability to remember things and may become forgetful and lose things.

    This is something the child does not do on purpose and feels guilty and unhappy about, making the child feel low on self-esteem which may manifest as aggressive and rebellious behavior.

    Tips for the teacher and parents

    1. Keep the child close to her in the classroom

    2. Keep the child away from the windows

    3. Shower praise when he behaves appropriately.

    4. Write important information down where the child can easily read and reference it

    5.Divide big assignments into smaller ones, and allow children frequent breaks.

    6. Incorporate Physical movement into classroom teaching.

    7. Working with interruptions:

    Reducing the interruptions of children with ADD/ADHD should be done carefully so that the child’s self-esteem is maintained, especially in front of others. Develop a “secret language” with the child with ADD/ADHD. You can use discreet gestures or words you have previously agreed upon to let the child know they are interrupting. Praise the child for interruption-free conversations.

    8. Dealing with Impulsivity:

    Give consequences immediately following misbehavior. Be specific in your explanation, making sure the child knows how they misbehaved.

    Recognize good behavior out loud. Be specific in your praise, making sure the child knows what they did right.

    Write the schedule for the day on the board or on a piece of paper and cross off each item as it is completed. Children with impulse problems may gain a sense of control and feel calmer when they know what to expect.

    9. Dealing with Hyperactivity:

    Ask children with ADD/ADHD to run an errand or do a task for you, even if it just means walking across the room to sharpen pencils or put books away.

    Encourage the child to play a sport—or at least run around before and after school.

    Provide a stress ball, small toy, or other object for the child to squeeze or play with discreetly at his or her seat.

    Limit screen time in favor of time for movement. Your child will enjoy fast games like Subway Surfer and Temple Run.

    Make sure a child with ADD/ADHD never misses recess or PT period.
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