OCD Symptoms & Effects

March 21, 2016

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder that has distinct signs and symptoms. When a person suffers from OCD one may realize that the obsessions are reasonable but are powerless to control it.This  causes anxiety which  increases until the affected person performs some particular acts or rituals to get relief from the tension or anxiety known as the compulsion.


The affected person lives in a short-lived relief immediately after fulfilling the compulsion. OCD like other mental health conditions may need both   Medication Management and Therapeutic  intervention to treat the  affected person. OCD has some common themes which includes but not limited to contamination with germs, safety issues , counting  things and orderliness

Common Symptoms  of OCD

This disorder affects the mental health of the person. Moreover, the affected person receives complex emotions and obsessions including:

            •           Being doubtful whether the doors are locked or not

            •           Whether the stove is on or off

            •           Thoughts of hurting someone by an accident

            •           Intense distress when objects are not facing the right order, leading to uneasiness

            •           Suddenly seeing pornographic images 

            •           Fear of being contaminated by shaking hands or touching objects


The obsessive thoughts are often followed by  some particular acts,or rituals (compulsions)  such as:

            •           Hand washing

            •           Checking the stove repeatedly to make sure whether it’s closed or not

            •           Checking the doors repeatedly to see if they are unlocked

            •           Using a pattern including checking the canned goods face the same direction

            •           Counting certain patterns


            •           Fear of being contaminated by shaking hands or touching objects



How it affects people

A person affected by OCD can quickly become mentally and physically uncomfortable. A person suffering from OCD may not be able to live a healthy life as most of the time they are pre occupied with the the obsessions and compulsions. This  may take a siginificant portion of their  time each day leading to social,occupational and family impairment . If you or some one you know suffers from  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Such disorders can be effectively managed by  experienced certified psychiatrist along with a healthy environment good social and family support systems. 


By Olasimbo M.Babatope,MD

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