Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive Disorder is a mental disorder in which you have unwanted, recurrent, or persistent thoughts, impulses, ideas, or urge that drives (compels) you to do something (a particular thing) over and over again.

People with OCD may find the situation disrupting their daily life activitie.
Trying to ignore, or stop the behavior causes great distress to you.

What does OCD seem like?

Having difficulty tolerating uncertainty.
Feeling very uncomfortable and having intense stress when things are not arranged in a certain way.
Having unwanted thoughts including aggression, sexual, or religious subjects, which make you silently repeat a prayer, word, or phrase.
Doubts that you have locked the door, or turned off the gas, making you to repeatedly check them.


WHAT CAUSES OCD?

  • Change in your body chemistry, or brain function.
  • Conscious or unconscious learning
  • Stressful life events
  • Other mental disorder such as substance abuse, depression, or anxiety disorder.

Treatment

Cognitive behavioral Therapy: This involves exposure and response prevention. The patient is exposed to the situation that provoke the compulsive behavior, through this exposure, the patient learns to decrease, and then stops the behavior.


Medication: A class of antidepressant medication called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors(SSRIs) such as Fluoxetine, Clomipramine, Paroxetine, Fluvoxamine, Sertraline are used in OCD treatment and management.

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