OCD Symptoms & Effects

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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