Obsessive Compulsive Anxiety Disorder

We often dismiss claims that a person is suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder because it all seems very minor and, therefore, does not need close attention. However, upon deeper inspection into the matter, we discover that obsessive compulsive anxiety disorder is very real and very serious.

People who have OCD are more common than we think.

A workmate who can’t seem to tire of arranging his files several times a day; a teacher who likes to toss a coin five times first before deciding whether to give a pop quiz that day or not; a friend who counts from one to then five times before entering a room that has a white door; and other things that would merit spots on our ‘that’s so weird’ list. More likely than not, these people are suffering from obsessive compulsive anxiety disorder.

OCD is a psychological problem wherein the sufferer finds him or herself uncontrollably succumbing to certain rituals, or compulsions, in order to feed or assuage an obsession. It sounds really silly when we think about it on the surface level. However, it is called a disorder because it is actually so. And because of this, any person who has OCD needs serious help.

The cause of obsessive compulsive anxiety disorder is unknown.

A lot of studies have been conducted on it, but no single root cause has been identified. Some researches say that it is genetic, though the nature of the obsessions and the compulsions are not necessarily the same. Some studies say that it is caused by our backgrounds and orientations, because it is these that dictate how we respond to certain stimuli and events.

Whatever they are and wherever they come from, the fears and anxieties linked with OCD are capable of causing major destruction in people’s lives and relationships. Those who are suffering from OCD find themselves unable to perform normal tasks the right way. They are often scared to do certain things immediately and are, thus, always falling behind. Their submissions are usually delayed and their responses usually too calculated to the brink of insanity.

Obsessive compulsive anxiety disorder is something that can be treated, although whether it can be cured remains a mystery.

There are two ways to do this. First is via medication, although critics say drugs only create a placebo effect and are not really effective in the long run.

The second one is via behavior modification. This requires a great level of commitment from an OCD sufferer, but it has shown to be very effective in dealing with the problem. Not only does behavior therapy deal with the obsession itself, but it also helps people deal with other events that may transform into OCD fodder.

Is OCD a cause for concern? Yes, it is. But the good thing about it is that it can be cured. Thus, there really is no reason to be afraid of admitting that you have it. To reiterate, OCD is an affliction that is more common than we all think.

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