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Treatment For OCD


Treatment For OCD


What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?

 

OCD i.e. obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental disorder. An individual suffering from OCD may experience unwanted thoughts and repetitive behaviors.

 

What causes obsessive-compulsive disorder?

 

The underlying cause behind OCD is still unknown. According to the cases of several psychiatric conditions, the causes of OCD can be a combination of several factors. Based on a research, neurological brain disorder can cause OCD. If reports are to be believed, deficiency of a brain chemical called as serotonin was noticed among individuals who are suffering OCD. OCD tends to run in families that points to a genetic factor. Be that as it may, Individuals without a family background of OCD are also vulnerable to OCD. Some conditions during pregnancy and stressed life can also trigger OCD. According to a recent study, streptococcal infections may trigger or increment the severity of OCD.

 

What are the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

 

There are two well-known symptoms of OCD, and they are obsessions and compulsions. Individuals who are going through OCD can notice one of the two symptoms or both. Obsessions are unwanted and uninterrupted thoughts, urges, or impulses, whereas, compulsions are monotonous conduct or mental acts that the individual feels the requirement to do in response to an obsession.

 

The following are the most common obsessions:

 

  • Utmost preoccupation with dirt, germs, or contamination
  • Reoccurring doubts
  • Preoccupation with order, symmetry, or exactness
  • Uncontrolled worry about something
  • Extreme observation to detail

 

The following are common compulsive behaviors:

 

  • Washing hands repeatedly and excessively
  • Making sure of something again and again
  • Grouping or sequencing objects
  • repeating sounds, words, numbers, and/or music to oneself over again and again
  • An urge to count things like steps

 

Treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder

 

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a kind of disorder, which if left untreated, will keep getting severe with time, and there are odds that it will keep troubling you for the rest of your life. The more your delay in getting the treatment, the likelihood of getting better goes down. The treatment for OCD is directly related to the extent of how much it has affected the quality of life of the patients. Talk therapies and psychotherapies are the two most common treatment for OCD.