Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a chronic mental illness that causes a person to be stuck in a vicious cycle of repetitive thoughts, actions or behavior. A patient of OCD may even realize that there isn’t any reason behind such behavior and thoughts but would still get driven by the inner compulsive anxious feel to keep repeating the act. The earlier the patient receives the treatment as OCD can seriously affect the patient’s routine life as many important hours of the day are wasted due to the repetitive actions. This may also have grave social detrimental effects for the patient. It is estimated that almost 3.3 million adults and about 1 million of children and adolescents suffer from this long lasting mental ailment.
Studies have revealed that there might be biological, environmental and genetic factors involved but to define an explicit cause of OCD is difficult as the cause of the Illness cannot be pinned down on any one factor and is still under research.
Biological factors can either be mutations occurring inside a certain part of the brain that deals with planning and body movements or due to a drop in the levels of serotonin (a neurotransmitter) in the brain. On the other hand, environmental contributing factors such as life style changes, mainly relationship issues or even underlying diseases can also be held responsible for developing OCD.
Symptoms of OCD:
OCD generally causes a persistent discomfort. Symptoms of OCD depend on the particular type of this condition.
Anxiety stimulated repetitive thoughts or images and a general feeling of fear defines obsession. Sufferers may picture horrifying images related to any event that happened in their life thereby generating fear of any particular thing.
Aggressive thoughts against any person
Fear of contamination or unhygienic conditions
Fear of making a mistake
It is usually a behavior or attitude that comes in response to the obsessive thoughts about any particular thing. Common symptoms include:
Checking the door or window locks repeatedly due to intrusive fearful thoughts of someone breaking in.
Bathing or washing hands excessively.
Continuous counting or rearranging things
Performing the same task again and again to attain perfection.
Whatever the symptoms maybe, it is always smart to get on the recovery path as fast as you can. Dial 866-926-1149 to reach out for the best possible professional assistance. We aim to save our clients from mental health disasters.
Treatment of OCD:
Akin to many other mental illnesses, treatment of OCD also typically involves medications and psychotherapy or a combination of both. The treatment plan may not offer a confirmed cure but would certainly rule out the bothersome symptoms.
Anti-depressants or Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors approved by FDA are usually referred to as the first drug of choice for treating OCD while other psychiatric medications may also be prescribed at times and have known to be effective depending upon the individual’s condition. The more commonly often prescribed medications include:
Remember, with medications you need several trials before deciding one that works well to control the symptoms. Don’t expect the recovery to start from the day you begin to take medicines as typically it takes up to weeks or months for a medicine to show effective results.
Psychotherapy and medication treatment may be used in combination as both of them are equally effective for adults and children.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
CBT and related therapies such as habit reversal training rectify catastrophic thinking processes and responsive attitudes of the sufferer. The most commonly employed CBT is the Exposure Therapy or Exposure and Response prevention Therapy” which focuses primarily on confronting one’s own fears constantly till it stops causing anxiety anymore.
Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy:
Research has depicted that activating or inhibiting brain activity using electrical impulses can help in treating many mental afflictions including OCD. Electroconvulsive therapy is a type of Deep Brain Stimulation therapy which is used when other therapies or medications fail to treat the serious mental disorders.
Choosing the right treatment strictly depends on professional counseling, which you may find by calling at 866-926-1149.
Communicating about your mental illness, getting advice from professionals or even other sufferers and acquiring knowledge from any learned person or a health professional develops positivity in a patient thus making the struggle against the disease easier for the patient. Education can therefore be considered as an aspect of effective treatment.
Steps of finding someone to help you recover from OCD:
Family support in the form of encouragement for seeking treatment is effective as many OCD affected people are embarrassed to accept their behavioral abnormalities.
Listen to OCD patients with non-judgmental approaches who try providing the best possible advice.
You can search yourself or refer someone to search on a relevant website like geometric vision for the nearest treatment center or call 866-926-1149.