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    How to deal with obsessive compulsive disorder?

    Please check in this page to know about obsessive compulsive disorder and how to deal with it. Few suggestions from our ISC experts may help you.

    Some people are having obsessive compulsive disorder. They will be doing too much of a particular activity inspite of knowing that they should not do like that.

    For example some people are too much particular for cleanliness and order. They will spent a lot of time in that and still they will not be satisfied. There are others who are too much bothered for hygiene and will wash their hands many many times in a day more than what medical practices demand.

    How to deal with such obsessive habits? Can such people change it?
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  • Obsessive compulsive disorder is controlled through the suggestive affirmations of "letting it go". OCD relies on mental instinct where brain gets suggestion that we are in control and we can control the outcome. Unlike depression this is opposite of negative thinking where optimistic suggestive thoughts try to control inner and physical actions to be of certain specific order.

    People who are in OCD are slowly subjected to see things they don't want to do differently or perfectly. They are being exposed to the habit which forces them to perform in a certain way. You can see that OCD takes a lot of time to get over. As the OCD has it's set of the anxiety. Person with OCD is usually treated for both OCD and the anxiety symptoms.

  • It is difficult to summarise everything about obsessive-compulsive disorder management here. A simple way is to start the therapy early as results would be better. Many therapists do not jump to medicines in the first instance.

    The accepted mode of initial therapy is to assess the patient, detail history regarding the class of event or act that they are obsessed with and what their fears or reasons are for the same.
    A form of therapy called as Cognitive behavioral Intervention often helps. Here basically, the person is exposed to the act that arouses their fear and obsession and then slowly attempts to curtail their response. For instance, touch public benches or door handles leading to repeated handwashing with the fear that they are dirty. slowly, they are encouraged to accept that, its Ok as others also touch and then reduce the time spent in washing hands.

    Then comes Aversion therapy.Some people have an aversion to sand and dust, they are exposed to this along with the therapist to ally their fears.

    Based on the case Group therapy sessions and some anti-depressant medications are also used.
    It is important to acknowledge the problem and seek professional assistance followed by regular psychological counseling support as it is difficult to overcome OCD quickly.

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. It is characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and repetitive, ritualized behaviours. you feel forced to do the things.
    OCD causes the brain to get stuck on a particular thought. For example, you may check the locked door 20 times to make sure it's really locked or you observe 20times whether your wardrobe is locked or not.
    The treatment for OCD is cognitive-behavioural therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder will have two components: 1) exposure and response prevention, and 2) cognitive therapy.
    Exposure and response prevention for OCD
    It involves repeated exposure to the source of your obsession. After that, you are asked to refrain from the compulsive behaviour. For example, if you are a compulsive hand washer, you might be asked to touch the door handle of a restroom and then you are not allowed to wash your hands. As you wait for some time without washing, the thought of ]washing your hands will gradually go down.

    The cognitive therapy component concentrates on the catastrophic thoughts and exaggerated sense of responsibility. A big part of cognitive therapy for OCD is teaching you healthy and effective ways of responding to obsessive thoughts.
    In addition to cognitive behavioural therapy, the following treatments are given for this problem.
    Antidepressants are sometimes used in conjunction with therapy. However, medication alone is not very effective.

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  • OCD is a type of abnormal behaviour and is generally acquired during the upbringing period of a child though some psychologists believe that it could be a hereditary related syndrome also.
    Once a part of a personality the OCD traits are difficult to get rid of as they are deeply embedded in our thought process.
    This disorder manifests differently in different persons but in some it is more pronounced then others.
    When it is related to overactivity or anxiety then probably the mind relaxing drugs would be useful.
    In fact if the person can be handled by explaining normal behaviour and with sustained practice starts improvement in his habits then drug therapy is not required. A counselling by a psychologist will be sufficient in such cases. Only thing is it takes lot of time to come to normalcy.

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  • OCD results from excess anxiety and it may grow at a very low stage from one's childhood. Parents are sometimes responsible for creating panic situations at their households and as a result of being over panicked and frustrated, their kids may suffer from this abnormal diseases. Apart from this, this disease may run from heridetry as well.
    The affected child remains under undue stress and despite repeated counsellings, it becomes rather difficult for them to give up the undue anxiety. However, the abnormality can be tackled by offering mind relaxing drugs for a certain period along with psycological session where they will be taught how to address their problems. No doubt, the guardians and the concerned Doctor have to handle the cases with extreme caution and in course of treatment, patience is not lost. The affected person may slowly relinquish the negative thoughts with the proper support of the health provider. However, earlier the treatment starts - it would be better. Parents should maintain positivity and their healthy set of behaviour would play a significant role in combatting this disease with which their children are suffering.

  • Very recently I come across this term OCD. As given in your example, I have seen few ladies, who are very much obsess to cleanliness. I know my friend from childhood, she used to clean her room almost everyday, that includes her wardrobe and book shelves. I did not know this term OCD at that time, but I was sure, it was abnormal. While keep discussing about it to her, I got to know, that mainly arouse to her from her mother, who pestered her about cleanliness from the very younger age. Since she was so much appreciated by people around her for her organised room, she found that to be right and used to clean and keep things organised everyday. She can't bear with anything that is misplaced in her room.

    When she got married, she had few arguments with her husbands regarding the same. Since the cleanliness is considered to be positive criteria, her husband too adjusted with her behavior. Now she is a mom of two kids, One toddler and one infant. As every young mother undergoes, she also spent tiresome days and sleepless nights with her kids. Managing time to cook itself is become difficult, so to satisfy any of her personal time became a dream to her. More than post partum stress, she has undergone this OCD stress by seeing her messy room. She has appointed maids, still she couldn't keep things organised as before . Now understanding her scenario, she realized letting go things as it is and care free nature can keep her healthy and relaxed.

    So from her life, I learnt, sometimes, the change in health or change in life style, can make them to realize themselves and come out of this OCD. If family members found that in early stage, they should help them in bring changes in their practices.

    Also I think, it all starts with false appreciation of family members. thinking that they encourage the kids' good behavior, they are forgetting to set limits to their behavior. Any continuous practice becomes habit and too much of it becomes disorder. Family should always observe their family members activities, and have to speak out, before it is too late.

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  • I have witnessed this Obsessive Compulsive Disorder from a very close range. and have been fortunate enough to see the process that helped it in healing. All that I suggest is from my experience, and it does not have any connection with medical treatment.
    The person concerned was taken to specialists and was given heavy dosage of anti-depressants for years together, that not only worsened the case, but even created several other issues.

    After leaving all hopes, and withdrawing from all medicines, it was one single incident, that helped him leap out of this mental condition. It was a day, and a place, where he had to use a public toilet, and couldn't manage to use a soap.
    He had to cope with the discomfort whole day, that made him finally forget about the dirty feeling, and he realized at the end of the day, that all this is not actually required.
    And this changed the person overnight.

    My suggestion is:

    1. Do not continuously point out to this issue of his/her. Keep the atmosphere as normal as possible. As if, this behavior too is normal and accepted.

    2. Try to create one or two situations carefully, where, the person doesn't get to access the soap or cleansing materials. But NEVER EVER make it conspicuous to them, as that will make the situation worse.

    3. Lastly, the more you get obsessed with their obsession, the more they get encouraged to stick to this habit.

    Seeing you forget it will help them forget it too.

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