Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, commonly known as OCD, is
a disorder that affects the way a person is able to live his/her
life. OCD causes a person to be unable to function without
having certain uncontrollable rituals and habits. There are
many different sets of symptoms that are associated with this
Some people constantly think they have forgotten things such
as turning off the stove or locking their doors and must obsessively
check again and again. Others have a fear that violent acts
will happen against themselves or their loved ones and still
others are compulsively obsessed with germs and dirt and may
go to the extreme of carrying soap or anti-bacterial substances
to rid themselves of these things.
The thoughts and feelings are referred to as obsessions and
the habits, which result from the thoughts, are called compulsions.
These ritualized compulsions do not provide permanent relief
for the person suffering from OCD, but only stop that particular
thought until the next one occurs. OCD consumes a person making
it difficult for him/her to function and have a normal life.
Some sufferers know that they are acting irrationally but
are unable to stop themselves from performing these acts.
Others, such as children with OCD, do not even know they are
The symptoms of OCD can fluctuate throughout a person's life,
but it is also possible that the symptoms just continue to
worsen over time. Similar to many other anxiety disorders,
research shows the possibility that the probability for having
this disorder is hereditary.
Depression and constant anxiety can also be symptoms of OCD,
causing people with this disorder to believe that their condition
is untreatable and there is no hope for living a normal life.
Substance abuse can also result from untreated OCD, because
many people hold the belief that self-medicating will relieve
OCD is, however, a treatable condition that responds well
to prescribed medication and therapy. If a sufferer of OCD
wants to regain control over his/her life, he/she must seek
treatment from a licensed specialist and continue proper maintenance
to ensure long-term recovery.