Up. Down. Left. Right. Wait a minute. That’s not right. Down. Up. Right. Left. Okay, maybe that’s good. Oh, no! If you carry the traits of obsessive compulsive disorder, those inner thoughts of aiming for perfection may be familiar to you.
Obsessive compulsive disorders affect approximately 2.3% of the population between ages 18- 54 (understanding_ocd.tripod.com). More people suffer from OCD than more commonly known mental health disorders such as panic attacks and bipolar disorder. So one will wonder, how does a seemingly uncommon challenge touch so many lives?
For many years, OCD was believed to be the result of learned behaviors from life experiences. This conclusion is an understandable premise due to common OCD behaviors that include cleanliness and compulsive repetition of beliefs, thoughts and actions. But with today’s advanced research, the cause of OCD stems more toward biological origins. Through the study of PET scans, OCD has been connected to other neurological disorders such as Tourette’s syndrome & body dysmorphic disorder aka obsession with cosmetic changes and appearances (understsnding_ocd.tripod.com).
Symptoms of OCD does not equal insanity. The behaviors and thoughts are unique and different but manageable. No need to think that an OCD lifestyle is beyond control or devastating. OCD traumatizes most who are new to the symptoms. The repetitive and obsessive behaviors and thoughts that are characterized as OCD sometimes lead to agitation, anxiety, panic attacks, fear and depression. Most individuals who have learned to live with OCD in some way have learned to manage their symptoms to live a “normal” lifestyle.
Medication in combination with cognitive behavior therapy is the most effective method to management of obsessive compulsive behavior. This method should follow the diagnosis and recommendation of a professional healthcare personnel. Self- assessment and diagnosis of OCD or any other mental health challenge is not a sound option. OCD support groups are another beneficial element in the remedy to relieving symptoms. Support groups aid in providing solace and comfort. Knowing that others have the same experiences of unwanted repetitions provides more opportunity to control and management skills.
The best way to overcome any life challenge is through changing the way you think about the challenge. Firstly, don’t think that your issue is a hindrance. Any challenge placed before you can strategically be moved to behind you.
Secondly, be bold enough to seek the assistance you need. Due to stigma associated with mental health and addiction, guidance is rarely sought. The last thing that needs to be focused on is how your issue adds up to someone else’s. No one has the same challenges or lifestyle. Do what is best for you to defeat your challenge.
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