WHY YOU KEEP ON CHECKING Continuously, IF THE DOOR HAS BEEN LOCKED

It’s quite relatable that while going out ,you make sure that your door has been locked properly but what if this thought affects your daily life. You keep washing your hands for continuously 10-15 mins or more. We call it ,” Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD”.

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that involves distressing, intrusive, obsessive thoughts and repetitive, compulsive physical or mental acts.

Approximately 2% of the population have OCD. About half of the time, the symptoms appear during childhood or adolescence, and this rarely happens after the age of 40.

OCD is an anxiety disorder, and it is one of several conditions involving obsessive thoughts and compulsive behavior.

Having OCD can significantly affect a person’s quality of life and their well-being.

What is OCD?

OCD is a mental health condition that involves an obsession or compulsion, distressing actions, and repetitive thoughts. It can be challenging for a person with OCD to carry out routine tasks.

A person with OCD typically:

  • has thoughts, images, or urges that they feel unable to control
  • does not want to have these intrusive thoughts and feelings
  • experiences a significant amount of discomfort, possibly involving fear, disgust, doubt, or a conviction that things must be done in a certain way
  • spends a lot of time focusing on these obsessions and engaging in compulsions, which interferes with personal, social, and professional activities

Symptoms

OCD involves obsessions, compulsions, or both. These can cause distress and interfere with the person’s ability to perform routine activities.

Obsessions

While everyone worries, in people with OCD, worries and anxiety can take over, making it hard to carry out everyday tasks.

Common topics of this anxiety include:

  • Contamination, by bodily fluids, germs, dirt, and other substances
  • Losing control, such as the fear of acting on an urge to self-harm or hurt others
  • Perfectionism, which may involve the fear of losing things or an intense focus on exactness or remembering things
  • Harm, including a fear of being responsible for a catastrophic event
  • Unwanted sexual thoughts, including thoughts about inappropriate activities
  • Religious or superstitious beliefs, such as a concern about offending God or stepping on cracks in the sidewalk

Compulsions

Not every repetitious behavior is a compulsion. Most people use repetitive behaviors, such as bedtime routines, to help them manage everyday life.

For a person with OCD, however, the need to perform repetitious behavior is intense, it occurs frequently, and it is time-consuming. The behavior may take on a ritualistic aspect.

Some examples include:

  • washing and cleaning, including handwashing
  • monitoring the body for symptoms
  • repeating routine activities, such as getting up from a chair
  • mental compulsions, such as repeatedly reviewing an event

OCD in children

The first signs of OCD often appear in adolescence, but they sometimes emerge in childhood.

Complications among young people, including children, with OCD include:

  • low self-esteem
  • disrupted routines
  • difficulty completing schoolwork
  • physical illness, due to stress, for example
  • trouble forming or maintaining friendships and other relationships

When OCD begins in childhood, it may be more common in males than females. By adulthood, however, it affects males and females at equal rates.

Causes

TREATMENT

CONCLUSION

People with OCD needs you and wants to understand their perception, So just hold your breathe ,relax easy then listen and understand them. Also , it’s never late , Talk to the Therapist for this and work together for a life which is not just an obsession or compulsion ,rather it’s FREEDOM and all the other beautiful things you are missing due to OCD ✨🌺💗

-by Cheenu Singh Sisodiya

(Psychologist)

10 Comments

  1. I was in the Army and after in the police force and I think they train you to develop OCD. We were all a bit affected and if it wasn’t because of my sense of discipline in mind control I think I would have suffered OCD for real. Interesting and informative article. Wonderful post! All the best.

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    1. Thanks a lot first of all 🌺
      And You are just an inspiration for all of us ,first in Army ,then Police and then following your passion of music and arts,and you excel in every field ,huge admirer 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🌸✨

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      1. Thank you so much! I’ve always pursued my art, but back in the day life (war) got in the way, then children, so I had to do what I had to do, now I am happy to say that for more than 10 years I’ve lived off my art, writing and painting and sometimes music too! I studied art and psychology at uni in the states and love both and to me, psychology is a science but also an art, and I greatly admire your will and passion for your profession and the fact that you, as I do too in art, seek to teach and inform, in a neutral manner so that whoever likes it can research and find out more for themselves. I’m not out to set public opinion, I am out to give you enough so that you can come to your own knowledge and this your own opinion. Cheers and a lovely day to you!

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      2. Thanks a lot 😇🌺
        Hats of to you for being such a positive vibe and sharing Inspiring life experiences 🙌🏻
        I agree with your relativity of Art and Psychology 🌸🤝

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      3. I am glad you agree, thank you so much! All the best to you!

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  2. nedhamson says:

    Reblogged this on Ned Hamson’s Second Line View of the News.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks a lot for sharing 🌺😇

      Like

  3. KK says:

    Well explained! I had a colleague with this disorder.

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    1. Thanks 😊

      Yes ,OCD is quite common.

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