OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- OCD is an anxiety disorder, that is common among roughly 2.3% of US population, or 3.3 million Americans.
- The disorder affects men and women equally, and symptoms usually occur during childhood and adolescence.
How OCD affects the Brain
- OCD is thought to involve a problem with brain functioning.
- Serotonin levels in people with OCD is unbalanced, causing them to get stuck in routine, and not able to break the cycle.
- Certain parts of the brain also become overactive.
- Obsessions are any repeated and unwanted thoughts, actions, or impulses.
- Fear of contamination or dirt
- Having things orderly and symmetrical
- Aggressive or horrific impulses
Genetics and OCD
- OCD has also been linked to genetics, and most people who have OCD also have a family member who also has the disorder, or other linked disorders such as anxiety disorders.
Other Common Causes…
- Some other factors that can cause OCD include…
Types of OCD
- People with ODC usually fall into one or more of several categories:
- Washers: afraid of contamination
- Checkers: obsessively check things
- Hoarders: Collect things, beyond necessary means.
- Doubters: Are Afraid of things not being perfect.
- Counters: obsessed with order and symmetry.
- OCD is typically diagnosed by a trained psychologist.
- Most used a structured clinical interview to see if your symptoms match up with those of typical OCD patients.
- Both medicines and therapy are options for treatment for those with OCD.
- Systematic Desensitization
- And several types of medicines depending on the case.
With OCD I feel…
- Misunderstood, nobody seems to get me, they can’t understand why I am the way I am.
- I feel depressed because I get stuck in my ways and nobody gets them or can help me.
- My obsessions drive me crazy. I wish they would stop.
- I repeat myself and actions, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again….
Out of Control
- I cant control my thoughts, actions, or myself. Its like I am a character in a video game.
- OCD makes me also feel hyper and wild sometimes, when its not ruining my life.
- I find that I am very unfond of others even my closest friends, when my compulsions are really bad.
- I don’t enjoy doing things or leaving my house because of the anxiety it causes. I’d rather just sit and wait.
- Not knowing what is going to happen makes me super nervous. Everything has to be planned out and go exactly according to plan.
- I get anxious when I have compulsions and I obsess over the little things, it’s a feeling that never goes away for me.
- I get scared when people don’t understand me and judge me and when things don’t go according to plan, I get afraid something will happen to me.