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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder



Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a psychological or anxiety disorder marked by unexpressed thoughts and obsessions. These create anxiety or stress by repetitive behaviour patterns, the disorder is marked with symptoms of obsessive and repeated hand washing, preoccupation with religion, sexual or violent impulses to abnormal hoarding.

Obsessions are involuntary and the thoughts are uncontrollable. The impulses may occur again and again in one’s mind. One may know that they make no sense, but one cannot stop them.  Many times these thoughts may be disturbing and very destructive. Compulsions are rituals or behaviour patterns that one is compelled to repeat over and over again. These two i.e. obsessions and compulsions are interlinked by acting out the compulsions so that the obsession is satisfied.



Neurological disorders because of unusual neurochemical activity in the brain may be the causative factors of obsessive compulsive disorder. This disorder may also be genetic as it may be inherited. Problems in the brain or brain abnormality may also be responsible for this disorder. There is also the possibility of environmental factors, changes in living conditions or occupational concerns, cases of rare infections, unconscious conflicts in relation to behaviour, beliefs and attitudes that influence a person and depression that may cause this problem.



A person suffering with an obsessive compulsive disorder may also have other problems such as depression and disorders relating to eating, anxiety, personality and substance abuse. Generally, the marked symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder are cleaning or hand washing constantly, repeated checking if doors are locked or not and whether the switches are turned off, continuously aligning things and putting things in order and repeated counting (cash, numbers). The person may also think that something terrible may happen if not done correctly, abnormal hoarding, fear of contamination, fear of losing things, explicit sexual thoughts, superstitions, religion and morals, accumulating junk , fear of throwing away what you do not need, praying excessively, washing and cleaning, checking on children and loved ones, etc. can also be other symptoms of this disorder. The symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder tend to become worse when a person feels stressed or anxious.



Trained therapists who are mental health professionals can diagnose this disorder using their medical judgment and experience.  The doctor will analyse the symptoms of the person and will mainly look for obsessions and compulsive behaviours that are quite irrational and which get in the way of daily activities and routines.



Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.

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