Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
One out of one-hundred people have OCD. This means that if you have 500 friends on your Facebook page 5 of them are diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder, defined by intrusive thoughts that cause uneasiness, apprehension, worry, and / or fear. OCD also causes repetitive thoughts and actions. The most growing evidence on OCD is that it has a neurobiological basis. It isn’t attributed to family problems or to attitudes learned in childhood. OCD is a disorder than can be treated whether through medications or behavioral therapy can be effective. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder affects children and adults of both genders, all races and ethnicities. In a 2001 World Health Organization mental health report, it was estimated that, in the year 2000, OCD was among the top 20 causes of illness-related disability, worldwide, for people between 15 and 44 years of age. Other researcher’s cite that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as the fourth most common mental illness along with phobias, depression, and substance abuse. Today much more is known about this neurobiological disorder than ever before. To put it in a more clear perspective, there were no consumer books written about OCD until the late 1980s and medical research did not begin until a few decades ago. Symptoms of OCD can be excessive, for example constant worry about having dirty clothes, and worries about catching or spreading germs, or compulsive rituals are persistent, excessive, repetitive behaviors. The goal of the ritual is to reduce the anxiety caused by obsessive thoughts. Examples include: repeated washing, brushing, bathing. Excessive touching things like hands or doorknobs, counting of objects, over organizing, checking locks or light switches multiple times. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be a long – lasting condition with ongoing treatments and therapy that...
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