Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a condition that affects the brain and behavior, and it is actually very common. At least 1 to 2 percent of society is plagued by this particular disorder.
OCD is often characterized by repetitive, uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and/or ritualized behaviors one can’t seem to stop from doing.
What are obsessions?
These are uncontrollable thoughts, images, or impulses that occur in one’s mind over and over again.
Although a person understands that these thoughts may be irrational and senseless, he or she is still unable to stop the thoughts despite their best efforts. The thoughts are unwanted, but keep playing over and over in a person’s mind – like a broken record.
What are compulsions?
Compulsions are repetitive thoughts, actions, or behaviors that a person does to try to mitigate the anxiety.
Some people wash their hands excessively. Some people have to check or clean something over and over again. Others have strict rituals in ways of doing things that if interrupted, sometimes require starting over from square one.
Some persons with OCD have mental rituals, in which they force themselves to think in a certain pattern or ritual they believe may somehow correct a perceived wrong or keep something bad from happening.
Most people with OCD are well aware that performing repetitive actions serves only as a temporary solution. However, without a better resolution to such condition, they often regard compulsion as a much-needed escape.
Persons with OCD can have obsessions or compulsions. Some, but not all, struggle with both.
The frequency and severity of obsessions and compulsions can vary widely over the course of a person’s lifetime.
When the obsessions and/or the compulsions are bad, they can really cause a person to struggle and generate a lot of stress and disruption in the quality of life.
You can check out this video to know more about OCD.
Where to seek help?
To receive the best and most effective treatment for OCD cases, it’s best to seek help from professionals who know a great deal about OCD, and who are highly specialized in treating the disorder.
If you or someone you know is suffering from OCD, treatment can make a big difference.
As a safe resource for Christians within our community who are suffering from OCD, we at Next Step 2 Mental Health Services aim to provide the highest level of care in a way that honors your Christian beliefs.
If you don’t get help from us, seek help somewhere. Life can be much more manageable with treatment.
You may call us at 502-339-2442 for an appointment, or visit us on our website at nextstep.doctor.
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