Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

By Tyler A

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. Also know as OCD, feelings including fear, anxiety, uncertainty, or worried thoughts are taken to an extreme. It's as if the brain's filter for determining if something is dangerous or not isn't functioning properly. The perspective of something is taken to an extreme with doubt, uncertainty, or fear.

Signs or Symptoms

  • Obsessions-upsetting/scary thoughts or images appear in mind
  • Rituals- urge to do certain things repeatedly (daily routine)
  • Things have to be "in order'" or "just right"
  • Compulsions- HAVE to do certain things

How Does It Affect Daily Life

OCD can dramatically affect someones life. Rituals and compulsions can take up hours of a person's life till they are satisfied. Though the sense of relief is a short time. As a result of doing it more frequently, the stronger the illness becomes. Most people are so embarrassed that they don't tell their parents or friends. In other words they hide it from their social life. This can lead to many problems with interactions with others in daily life.

How is OCD Diagnosed

To diagnosed OCD doctors ask questions such as:

  • Do you have thoughts, worries, ideas, or feelings that make you feel upset, bother, or scare you?
  • Do you have to check, repeat, ask, or do things repeatedly?
  • Do you have the urge to do things a certain number or times or pattern?

How is OCD Treated

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Exposure and ritual prevention (ERP)
  • Learn to control behavior and use power to change thoughts etc...
  • Learn how OCD works
  • Resets brain

Fun Facts

  • Many people find support from friends, family, etc..
  • OCD doesn't make someone "crazy"
  • It can start at any age