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The unusual behaviors that accompany obsessive compulsive disorder, such as avoiding stepping on cracks on concrete walkways, eating using only a specific set of spoons and forks whether at home or at a restaurant, wiping all doorknobs with antiseptic before touching them, or other equally repetitive and annoying habits and compulsions, are not specific to a particular race of people or age group.
Anybody, young and old, rich and poor, caucasian or not, is open to OCD. And when it strikes, you can only hope to cope with it.
Where obsessive compulsive disorder comes from and what triggers it is unknown. Some studies say it could be genetic. That is, if somebody from the older generation suffered from some kind of OCD, it is likely that somebody in the succeeding generations will have something of the sort. Some say it is caused by a certain malfunction or kink in the brain, which disables people from controlling compulsions and getting ahold of obsessions. Some contend that a certain brain chemical called serotonin, is the one that enables us to control our behaviors and that people with OCD are the ones who lack it.
There are many theories and schools of thought as to where OCD originates, all of which contribute to our better and still developing understanding of the illness.
As regards to the cure for obsessive compulsive disorder, it is sad to say that there is no known cure. However, there are therapies and medications available to help the sufferer deal with it without losing himself or herself. People diagnosed with OCD have the chance to keep the illness under control.
There are basically two kinds of treatment for OCD. One involves medication, while the other involves behavioral intervention.
People with OCD can take antidepressant and serotonin reuptake inhibitors. An example of an antidepressant is Anafranil, while serotonin inhibitors include the likes of Celexa, Luvox, Prozac, and Zoloft. These drugs are believed to have the power to direct certain brain cell movements to control compulsions.
On the other hand is cognitive behavior therapy, which deals with OCD via one-on-one psychology sessions and subjecting sufferers to situations and locations that help them bear down on urges to succumb to obsessions and compulsions. It is particularly effective for children who has OCD because kids are more receptive to changes. It could be a challenge for adults, whose orientations are already deeply ingrained. However, with patience and determination, adults can still succeed.
OCD is a misunderstood illness because those who do not know anything about it call its sufferers crazy and insane. OCD is not an indication of insanity. It is an inability to control obsessions and compulsions. All of us have these obsessions and compulsions. The only difference is that some people are weaker in dealing with them than others. Thus, we should not be quick to judge and ridicule people diagnosed with OCD.