Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

What is affected in the Human Body

The system most affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), is the brain. It has been shown and proven that people who have OCD have different brain activity that people without it. It also depends on the specific persons OCD. If a person is obsessed with germs and washing their hands they may begin to have skin problems from washing so much. Doctors and scientist think OCD is based on or related to the brain's serotonin levels. When the brains flow get blocked it starts to overreact. This makes the brain send out danger messages and instead of the brain getting rid of them, it dwells on the unnecessary thoughts. Normal brains serotonin flows throughout the brain and enabling the thoughts to be cleared from their brain. The different levels of serotonin cause certain obsessions and the long term effect of some of these obsessions can hurt the body.

Signs and Symptoms of OCD

  • Repetitive behavior
  • The person being affected does things very precisely
  • The person may tend to be a bit more demanding
  • The victim may appear to have strange behavior
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To be OCD the following must apply;

  • They must have obsessions and or compulsions

  • They may not realize that they are that bad

  • There obsessions/compulsions are very time consuming

  • trying to ignore thoughts

  • repetitive behavior

  • Sometimes difficult to diagnose because it can be confused with other illnesses

  • Doctors do lab test, psychological evaluations, physical exam
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There is no cure but there is some medication people can take, there is also Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychotherapy or other types of therapy.
Dr. Wayne Goodman on What's Best for OCD-- Behavior Therapy for Drug Therapy?
Dr. Wayne Goodman on the Symptoms of OCD


It does not affect your lifespan but it can cause major depression which could then lead to suicide. There have been many suicide cases of people who have OCD this could be caused from the stress of the condition or the medication could have depression as a side effect.


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