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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder which can afflict a person throughout his or her lifetime. OCD sometimes runs in families, but no one knows for sure why some people have it while others don't. Researchers have found that several parts of the brain are involved in fear and anxiety. About one in 50 people have OCD at some point in their lives. OCD usually starts in the teens or early twenties. Obsession and Compulsion are to main components for this disorder.
Obsessions are thoughts or images that will not go away. An obsession is intrusive and normally seen as irrational, but the person with OCD is not able to stop or ignore these thoughts. Some common obsessions include the fear of becoming sick with germs. Some consistently worry about whether the stove was turned off when they left the house. OCD people feel fear along with the obsessive thoughts.
Sometimes obsessions can be mild, occurring every now and then. Other times obsessive thoughts can happen constantly. Those thoughts can occur daily. Obsessive thoughts can interfere with daily life, causing problems in relationships at work.
Some common obsessions include fear of dirt, fear of becoming sick, constant thoughts of a certain number, and need to have something done in a certain order or a certain way, fear of germs, worrying about whether something has been done “right”.
Obsessions are recurring thoughts but compulsions are recurring actions. Usually compulsions are ways for people to be relieved from their obsessive thoughts. For example, if a person has obsessions with germs, a person will continuously wash their hands to keep germs away. When a person continuously repeats an action, obsessions may go away. Usually they would return after a sho...

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"Getting dressed in the morning was tough, because I had a routine, and if I didn't follow the routine, I'd get anxious and would have to get dressed again. I always worried that if I didn't do something my parents were going to die. I'd have these terrible thoughts of harming my parents. I knew that was completely irrational, but the thoughts triggered more anxiety and more senseless behavior. Because of the time I spent on rituals, I was unable to do a lot of things that were important to me."
"I knew the rituals didn't make sense, and I was deeply ashamed of them, but I couldn't seem to overcome them until I got treatment."
OCD is a really difficult disease to live with on a daily bases. It can take over your life and make you so miserable. It limits the things you really want to do and it’s not fair. So be thankful for the life you have.
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