OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a mental illness where patients with this disease, feel that they need to check on things repetitively. OCD patients ritualistically perform certain actions as a routine or have certain thoughts that they harbor repeatedly. Some of the most common activities that OCD people often do is like counting things, repeated hand washing or see if the doors and windows are locked. Some of the OCD patients all find difficult to throw unnecessary or old junks off. These activities happen to such a degree that most often they tend to jeopardize their normal life and their daily life gets negatively affected. Though most adult OCD patients realize that their strange behavior doesn’t make sense, but still they just can’t stop.
Experts on this disease, says that OCD affects about 2.3% of people around the globe, at some point in their lives. Generally the symptoms start after the age of 35, although there are many who even develop OCD symptoms even before 20. Male and female are equally affected with this malady.
If you have OCD, there are several ways you can help yourself to recover from this disease. One of the most powerful strategies to abolish the OCD rituals that make your obsessions going on.
Don’t avoid your fears
It may seem to be a wise decision to avoid your obsessive thoughts, but in reality the more you do so, the scarier you shall feel. So, it’s best to expose yourself to your OCD triggers and then try to delay or resist the urge to complete your relief-seeking OCD ritual. If resistance on your part gets too hard, try to lessen the amount of time you spend on doing them. It has been noticed that the more number of times you expose yourself to your OCD triggers, your anxiety should also lessen and you shall soon realize that you have started to understand that you are in more control of your OCD rituals than you think.
Refocus your attention
When you are experiencing your OCD urges and thoughts, try to shift your attention to something else instead. You can go for a walk, do exercise, surf the web, and make a phone call, play video games and others. The important thing is, whatever that you do, enjoy doing something for at least 20 minutes, in order to delay your responses to the compulsive thoughts.
Anticipate OCD urges
By anticipating your obsessive and compulsive urges, even before they arise, you can help yourself to get rid of your OCD. Whatever the compulsive thoughts be, pay extra attention to the job the very first time. So that when the urge to do or check arises later, you will find it easier to re-label the thought as an obsessive disorder.
The cause for this mental disease is unknown. However, according to doctors both genetic and environmental factors are believed to play a role in developing this malady.