Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder(OCD) is a mental illness characterized by unwanted and uncontrollable thoughts and repetitive and ritualized behaviors.
This compels the person suffering from the illness to do the same tasks repeatedly in order to eliminate the thoughts.
For instance, if you fear that everything you touch has germs, you wash your hands repeatedly to ease the fear.
Experts have not identified the real cause of of OCD, but research findings suggest that there might be an issue with the way one part of the human brain conveys information to the other part.
That said, lets focus on the signs as well as symptoms of this disorder as well a few management tips that can help you live a better life regardless of the condition you are suffering from.
Symptoms of OCD
Substantial number of people suffering from OCD have both obsessions & compulsions, but some experience only one or the other.
Common OCD obsessive thoughts include:
-Fear of getting contaminated by dirt or germs or contaminating others.
-Fear of causing harm both to yourself and others.
-Intrusive sexually explicit thoughts and images.
-Excessive focus on moral and religious ideas.
-Fear of losing or missing things you might need.
-Order and symmetry
Common OCD compulsive behaviors include:
-checking habits, such as switches, locks and appliances.
-Checking in on a loved one repeatedly to make sure they are safe.
-Tapping, counting or repeating specific words to reduce anxiety.
-Repeatedly washing your hands or cleaning your items to eliminate any infection.
-Arranging or ordering thins “just so”.
-Praying excessively or getting engaged in rituals that are triggered by religious fears.
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Managing OCD can be quite challenging.
However, the following tips will help you reducing the negative impact this disorder has on you and those you closely socialize with.
1-Accept that your OCD condition is negatively affecting your normal life.
Accepting it is the fast step when it comes to finding an amicable solution to a problem.
Ignoring this fact will make matters even worse for you
2-Take time to brush up on OCD facts.
This will enable you to understand the disorder, its symptoms and how you can manage it
3-Understand your anxiety.
Reflect on things that make you anxious.
Think of the ones that are realistic and those that aren’t.
4-Consult a qualified therapist.
Whether your condition is mild or severe, consulting a qualified therapist will help you understand the condition better as well as the best way to manage it.
A cognitive therapy is very important.
5-Postpone the rituals and increase resistance.
If you are compelled to do something, try to postpone it and with time the urgency to do it will fade out.
Increasing resistance is also key to reducing the impact of OCD.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a condition that can complicate ones life.
However, understanding it and the best management tips available at your disposal is the key to reduce its negative impact on your social life.
With the aforementioned tips about managing OCD, you are well-equipped to live a comfortable life even if you are suffering from the disorder.
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