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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Ever wondered if the guy that looked at you on your bus ride home could possibly be a sex offender? Not to forget the mean, creepy stares he gave you later. What if he’s actually out to get you?

This uncontrollable ability to think of the most bizarre, catastrophic worst is OCD. Washing your hands multiple times a day is a type of OCD, but it’s not all. OCD is beyond just having an organized desk or cleaning constantly.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a slow poison. The worst part is, it’s not even going to kill you, just makes your mind toxic! It is the internal voice that thrives on your deepest fears. Having scary and awful thoughts, even visuals rushing into your mind. The more you resist, the more they echo in your head; creating emotional storms.

Why is it Obsessive?

It could sprout from anything! Again, it’s not just cleanliness. It could be related to anything like sex, violence or crime. It could even be something intangible; abstract like immortality. This thought disorder is one of the most disabling illnesses. These recurring thoughts lead to extreme anxiety, and this is often compensated by highly compulsive behaviour.

Apart from eating only the yellow gummies and removing cuticles, your life becomes sculpted around these persistent thoughts. You suffer in obsessive silence. People think that OCD makes a person weird, aggressive, quirky, annoying or even freaky at times.

But why are they like this?

The ABC of OCD

It is a neurological disorder where the brain is hardwired to behave in a certain fashion. The neurotransmitters that communicate between brain structures, a.k.a. serotonin, go down. Because of low levels of serotonin, vital processes like mood, impulse control and pain are deeply affected and unregulated.

Victim or Villain?

People with OCD often think they are toxic, that they might infect others. They are the victims that mask themselves as villains through their own lens. It’s like being the Evil Queen and Snow White at the same time. Their obsessions are against their ego; hence, the compulsion.

Neurotic forms

OCD has multiple types but here are some of the most common:

Contamination (fear of spreading germs, excessive cleaning)

Rumination (Constant worry, questioning everything.)

Intrusive thoughts (alarming situations)

Harm (disturbing attacks)

Repetition (unhealthy habits)

1 in 50 has OCD and 1/4th of the patients refuse treatment.

“It is entirely possible that we will see a gradual increase in OCD cases in coming years in reaction to the pandemic and the increased focus on health, cleanliness and fear of harming others.”

Dr. Blair West, psychiatrist

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Situations that bring up specific compulsions/obsessions are created. The patient works towards resisting those habits by tracking the frequency, keeping a daily chart, limiting and eventually eliminating the habit. It decreases the symptoms by 80% for OCD is mostly treatable.

Do you have OCD in any way?

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