|OBSESSIONS AND COMPULSIONS
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is found in an estimated 3% of the population, which is about 5 million people in the United States. OCD often causes you to fear that something terrible will happen unless you carry out certain rituals, such as washing your hands, checking locks, turning on and off, hoarding things, etc. After performing the ritual a certain number of times then you well feel better until the next obsession occurs.
Obsessions are unwanted, repeated thoughts, feelings, or ideas that will not leave your mind. These thoughts can be frightening, embarrassing or painful. Though they may not make since, it is usually very difficult to ignore them.
Compulsions are rituals you have to do repeatedly to keep something terrible from happening. People will often think they are crazy because they are experiencing these obsessive or compulsions. Actually, researchers have discovered that there is an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain as well as changes in the limbic part of the brain that is contributing significantly to the problem. There is a strong genetic factor with the disorder, so it often runs in families.
The treatment that works best is generally a combination of medication such as Zoloft or other Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) and behavior therapy to help manage anxiety, change thoughts and behaviors. For example, if you ignore your compulsion for 30 minutes, you will find that it will gradually fade away. You donít have to do what your thoughts are telling you.
There are answers for you if you struggle with OCD. Itís not your fault, take back control of your mind.