Obsessive-compulsive disorder features a pattern of unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors and compulsions. These obsessions and compulsions interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress. Ignoring or stopping your obsessions will increase your distress and anxiety, which will, in turn, compel you to perform compulsive acts. Despite making efforts to get rid of them, they come back and this is the vicious cycle of OCD. If you have OCD, you may be ashamed and embarrassed about the condition, but its treatment can be effective. Obsessive compulsive disorder usually comprises both obsessions and compulsions. But it's also possible to have only obsession symptoms or only compulsion symptoms. OCD compulsions are repetitive behaviors that you feel driven to perform. These behaviors are meant to prevent anxiety related to your obsessions or prevent something bad from happening. OCD may be a result of changes in your body's own natural chemistry or brain functions.
TREATMENT OF OCD
Lab Test - It includes a complete blood count (CBC), a check of your thyroid function, and screening for alcohol and drugs.
Psychological Evaluation- It includes discussing your thoughts, feelings and behavior patterns. With your consent, this may include talking to your family or friends.
Diagnostic Criteria of OCD - Doctor may use criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
Coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder can be challenging and the medications can have unwanted side effects, while learning about your condition can empower you and motivate you to stick to your treatment plan.