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Ocd - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

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.

Can't be cured, but treatment helps Require medical diagnosis Lab test not required Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Symptoms
Fear of getting contaminated by dirt or germs or get distressed thinking about contaminating others. Double-checking of things excessively, such as appliances, locks and switches. Praying excessively or participating in religious rituals- which are triggered by fear. Accumulating junk and not disposing them off. Intrusively thinking of sexually explicit, violent thoughts and images. Repeatedly checking on the family members and loved ones to see that they are safe.

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Dr. Ruchi Rana 85% (10 ratings)
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Popular Questions & Answers

Sir, I am facing the problem of ocd from last 5 years but gradually it has grown, It has hampered my studies, personal & professional life as well. The rituals that I keep performing has left me disgusted with myself but if I don't do it the anxious feeling is worse it never allows me to settle down, It also hampers my sleep. In short it has taken away all the peace & happiness from my life.

Dr. Jagadeesan M.S. 97% (9339 ratings)
MD - Psychiatry
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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental health problem. Symptoms typically include recurring thoughts and repetitive actions in response to the recurring thoughts. A common example is recurring thoughts about germs and dirt, with a need to wash your hands repeatedly to "clean off the germs" However, there are many other examples like sexual thoughts, counting, checking, orderliness, etc. When the suffering is much usually the individuals have secondary depression/ or anxiety. The usual treatments are cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant medicine, or both. Treatment often works well to reduce the symptoms and distress of OCD greatly. Consult a psychiatrist. All the best.

I am suffering from ocd ,depression, panic attacks, anxiety for 30 yes .now I am 49 yes old .my doc prescribed me mirtazapam7. 5 mg,duloxetine30, sertraline50,topiramate50 at night and clonazepam1 mg, tofisopam50 in the morning but at night I feel shortness of breathing, anxiety, high heart beat.

Dr. Sanjeev Tripathi 87% (56 ratings)
Masters in Clinical Psychology, Bachelor in Psychology
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Hi, Psychotherapies are more effective for that. You can contact me for more information for over coming depression and anxiety like symptoms. Many psychotherapies and drugless techniques are available for any type of neurotic problems like depression, anxiety, OCD, panic attacks, phobia etc.

My question is for Psychiatrist and psychologist doctors. Can continuous doing of yoga cure depression disorder and ocd?

Mrs. Rachna Mimani 89% (16 ratings)
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Yoga is a physical fitness it will help you relax and stay fit. It will work on your energy level but not your thought level so counselling is important.

Dear respective doctors, My younger brother (21, Student, Nagpur) having a mental disorder (as he says). please note the problem Carefully. Since last 2.5 years he says that He felt very guilt after seeing any Dirt, any Potty, any Drainage, sound while Someone cleaning his tongue. He always says that due to this the dirt things live in his mind and After Spitting or drinking water, he feels ok. But the most dangerous problem is that, He says he is having a continuous headache (24x7) since last 2.5 years. He is loosing hair too. His hair are thin. So he keeps head shaved for every 15 days. Plz, due to this situation he very distressed. My most important question is that, Why he feels guilt after seeing dirt things and feels good only after spitting? And what are the causes of CONTINUOUS HEADACHE since 2.5 years. please doctor, help me. We have visited some of doctors but nothing has happened. please help me. I am serious about his life.

Dr. Saranya Devanathan 91% (1409 ratings)
MBBS, DPM
Psychiatrist, Bangalore
Dear Gaurav, Your brother may be suffering from OCD - Obsessive compulsive disorder. Because of his obsessive thought of dirt and he does a compulsive action of spitting. It relieves him temporarily for sometime. Again he will think of dirt. It is a treatable disorder with tablets and therapy. The treatment goes on for a long term more than 2 years. During the treatment, he can continue his studies. About hair fall and headache, i need more details about the type, duration, site, precipitating and relieving factors, associated symptoms, etc.
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Hlo doctor me and my husband had usually a lot of fights. He wanted to leave me nd hence he decided to get the divorce by mutual consent. At first I agreed den after dat I was depressed apart from dat I have bipolar disorder+ocd. After dat to forget my husband I started talking to my old frend who was very closed to me and I started chatting wid him and I went to meet him. He hugged me and kissed me on forehead .Now my husband want to patch up but I am feeling like I have deceived my husband and I am guilty gor dat dnt knw wat to do.

Dr. Saul Pereira 93% (38943 ratings)
Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
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With bipolar and OCD you need someone who will love you. What you did was under duress and anyway you were divorced. so there is not need to feel guilty. But getting back with your ex hsa to be carefully considered. Kindly consult a marriage counsellor and that person will help you identify all the pros and cons of this development and then you can make a considered decision.

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