Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD) Awareness . Osman Solano. What is OCD?. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder. It creates an awareness of alarm or threat to the person. The person typically tries to avoid the “threat” by doing very unusual things.
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder. It creates an awareness of alarm or threat to the person. The person typically tries to avoid the “threat” by doing very unusual things.
Ex. “If I don’t pick up the pencil off the floor someone might trip over it, and I would be held accountable”.
OCD is always looked over by other disorders. It affects men and women equally, about 2% of the U.S. population are diagnosed with it a year. The disorder costs the U.S. $8.4 billion since 1990 in social and economic losses.
I’ve created my own website to spread the word on the disorder. The site is also filled with information, and where you should go to seek help if suffering from OCD in Houston.
Fear of dirt or contamination by germs.
Fear of causing harm to another.
Fear of making a mistake.
Fear of being embarrassed or behaving in a socially unacceptable manner.
Fear of thinking evil or sinful thoughts.
Need for order, symmetry, or exactness.
There is not an exact cause for it but, studies show that environmental and biological factors may be involved. Research has found a link between low levels of one neurotransmitter called serotonin and the development of OCD. In addition, there is evidence that a serotonin imbalance may be passed on from parents to children. This means the tendency to develop OCD may be inherited.
These factors may cause worsening of symptoms. The factors include:
Changes in living situation
Death of a loved one
Work- or school-related changes or problems
OCD affects about 3.3 million adults and about 1 million children in the U.S. The disorder usually first appears in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. It occurs about equally in men and women and affects people of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds.
The doctor bases his or her diagnosis on an assessment of the patient's symptoms, including how much time the person spends performing his or her ritual behaviors. The exams and tests include a physical, laboratory, and psychological evaluation tests.
OCD has to be treated, if not it will become worse.
The most effective approach to treating the disorder would be combining medications with cognitive behavioral therapy.
The goal of the therapy is to teach people with OCD to confront their fears and reduce anxiety without having to perform the ritual behaviors. The therapy also focuses on reducing the exaggerated or catastrophic thinking that occurs often in people with OCD.
Antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants like Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft may be helpful in treating OCD.
In most cases, OCD can be successfully treated with medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, or both. With ongoing treatment, most people can achieve long-term relief from symptoms and return to normal or near-normal functioning.
OCD cannot be prevented. However, early diagnosis and treatment can help reduce the time a person spends suffering from the condition.
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