Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder And Its Symptoms

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Everybody is afraid of germs. We all want to avoid getting in contact with them as much as possible because we don’t want to get sick or get dirty. However, there are those people who fear germs so badly to the point that it’s already considered insane.

For example, some people compulsively wash their hands over and over after using a public toilet to ‘get rid of the bacteria’, often to the point of rubbing their hands raw. There are even those who refuse to hold door knobs of public places without first rubbing the area with alcohol or spraying it with a disinfectant.

Silly, aren’t they? However, they are very much real. And the habit is actually far from funny.

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a psychological problem. Most of the people who have them do not want to admit that they do because of the fear of being judged. In some places, where OCD is considered a joke, those who suffer from it refuse to talk about it because they don’t want to be laughed at. Worse, there are those who believe that OCD is something that is very minor and does not need attention.

Obsessive compulsive disorder is serious. Let’s point that out now. And if left unaddressed, people who have it could risk ruining their emotional and physical states and even their relationships.

A person who finds no happiness in a certain arrangement even after he or she has fixed the items in the group several times already may eventually feel stressed out. And though stress is a common factor of frustration, obsessive compulsive disorder blows the stress levels up to unmanageable peaks.

What are the common symptoms (obsessions and compulsions) of people with obsessive compulsive disorder?

The most popular obsessions include an unreasonable concern with symmetry and order, incessant worry about how a particular activity or job is carried out, the need for reassurance at all times, and the thinking of certain numbers or words all the time, among others. If you have seen the film “The Aviator”, you will notice that the main character, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, suffered from an extreme form of obsessive compulsive disorder.

The compulsions, also the called the rituals, that characterize obsessive compulsive disorder are done in an attempt to assuage the anxiety and fear felt over a certain obsession.

This is why some people like to count from one to ten three times out loud before doing a particular task, or why some feel that tossing a nickel three times before entering a building will bring safety and luck. These rituals do not necessarily work, but the person has this weird belief that they will and continue doing so without really knowing why it has to be that particular ritual.

These rituals, however, only bring temporary relief, and so a person who has OCD finds himself or herself repeating the same thing over and over again. The anxiety and fear have become so ingrained into him that he has trouble controlling it from happening. Some people find this silly. But it’s actually a rather serious matter.

Thus, when a person notices the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder in himself or in a loved one, help must be sought. OCD does not kill, but it can ruin relationships and lives. And since several forms of treatment are available, there really isn’t any reason why help should not be asked for. Obsessive compulsive disorder and its symptoms are not a joke.

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