OCD

OCD

People suffering from OCD engage in repetitive behaviors without realizing or being able to resist them. It is one of the four most common mental health disorders. It can interfere with daily life activities and needs medical attention. OCD is a combination of obsession and compulsion where;

Obsessions are unwelcome, intrusive and persistent concepts, feelings, desires, or images that trigger severe distress.

Compulsions are unnecessary repetitive behaviour habits or mental actions that are done in order to alleviate discomfort rather than to offer satisfaction or gratification.

Signs and Symptoms of OCD

  • Repetitive and distressing thoughts
  • Extreme need for putting things in order
  • Unwanted repetitive sexual or religious thoughts
  • Unwanted recurrent images in mind
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Hyper vigilance
  • Repetitive movements
  • Ritualistic behavior
  • Extreme need for order
  • Fear of embarrassment
  • Fear of germs or dirt
  • Anger or rage
  • Anxiety
  • Food aversion

OCD Types

There are numbers of ways OCD can manifests itself, but the majority of cases fall into one of the following four categories:

·        First category includes checking windows, alarm systems, ovens, or light switches, or suspecting a medical condition such as pregnancy or schizophrenia.

·        Contamination, which is characterized by a fear of dirt or a strong desire to clean. Feeling like you've been handled like garbage is a symptom of mental pollution.

·        Symmetry and order, or the need for items to be in a certain order.

·        Persistent ruminations and distracting thinking, as well as an obsession with a particular line of thought. 



Myths and facts

Myths:

• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is not a life-threatening psychiatric condition. In reality, we can all be OCD about some things.

• It isn't a huge problem. There is nothing to be concerned about if we forget our feelings and relax.

• Only cleanliness is linked to OCD. It consists primarily of sweeping, keeping one's surroundings tidy, and repeatedly washing one's hands. • Once you've been diagnosed with OCD, you'll never be able to live a regular, functional life again.

• People who have experienced childhood trauma or conflict are more likely to develop OCD.

• OCD has no visible signs. A scan is the only way to diagnose it.

• Any person who is obsessed with cleanliness suffers from OCD.

• It is just an issue for adults. OCD cannot be diagnosed in children.

• OCD is a condition that affects women and it is all about cleanliness. OCD cannot be diagnosed in men or infants.

 

   Facts:

• OCD is not a personality trait. It is not a trait of a person's personality. It is a normal occurrence of a severe mental disorder. An individual has influence over a trait if it is one. He or she has the choice of doing or not doing those acts. People with OCD have an unrelenting thinking that induces distress, and in order to cope with it, they indulge in compulsive behaviours.

• An OCD sufferer cannot simply shut down their emotions.

• OCD isn't hypersensitive to stress. An individual with OCD can experience distress as a result of a stressful situation, but stress does not cause it.

• OCD isn't about telling people how to think logically; it's about helping them cope with their fears.

• An OCD sufferer cannot simply shut down their emotions.

• OCD isn't hypersensitive to stress. An individual with OCD can experience distress as a result of a stressful situation, but stress does not cause it.

• OCD isn't about telling people how to think logically; it's about helping them cope with their fears. • People with OCD can lead a stable and functional life with medication. The combination of medication and therapy aids in the treatment of the disease.

• OCD can strike at any age, from childhood to adulthood, but it is most common between late adolescence and early adulthood. Children, adults, and women are all affected by OCD. There are no distinctions made based on a person's gender, financial condition, or ethnicity.

Issues and challenges

·        Discomfort discussing symptoms

·        Fear of Change:  Change can be difficult.  Making changes require courage and facing fears, particularly if the obsessions and compulsions have existed for many years. 

·        Ineffective/inappropriate treatment:

·        Recovery avoidance. The treatment process can be derailed due to avoiding treatment or not fully committing to treatment sessions and the accompanying homework.

·        Family interference. One negative impact on your treatment can be caused by the treatment provider if he/she may instruct family members to refrain from engaging in certain behaviours even though they are well-intended.  

Role of Counselling

OCD has no known cure. However, medications, counselling, or a combination of therapies can be able to help you control how your symptoms affect your life. Counsellor r therapist may use different techniques on you to cope up and perform better in your day-to-day activities, some of them are as follows:

  • Psychotherapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy will assist you in altering your thought patterns.
  • Relaxation: Meditation, yoga, and massage are all simple techniques that can help with stressful OCD symptoms.
  • Prescription medications.
  • Neuromodulation is a term that refers to the process of altering When therapy and medicine aren't making enough of a difference, your doctor can suggest devices that alter the electrical activity in a specific part of your brain. Transcranial magnetic stimulation is one kind that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of OCD. Magnetic forces are used to activate nerve cells.

  • TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation). It is a non-invasive magnetic field generator held above the head. It functions by controlling OCD symptoms in a particular part of the brain.

How does TalktoAngel help you in overcoming your OCD?

TalktoAngel is an online platform that provides quality therapy and other mental health services online. We have qualified and experienced professionals working with us. OCD is one of our areas of expertise. We have experts and specialists who have successfully worked previously on cases of OCD. Online mental health services have been proved to be as effective as the conventional 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • • Coping With Stress • Managing Anxiety • Relaxation Techniques • Exercise • Mindfulness • Alternative Therapies
  • Yes, OCD is a mental disorder.
  • Medications may be prescribed by the therapist in some cases. Medication is used in combination with therapy to treat OCD. You cannot take medication for it, without the consultation of a psychiatrist. It is unprofessional and ethically wrong for us to disclose any medication in this manner. You can consult with one of our professionals. Moreover, medication is only effective in the long term if coupled with effective psychotherapy.

Caught in the vicious cycle of obsessions and compulsions? OCD therapy can prove to be an effective treatment in helping you take back control of your life.


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