Mental Health Tips: Tips Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in the form of obsessions and compulsions excess to make a person difficult to do the work or have a normal social life.

OCD often begins in childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood.

The incidence of OCD equally between men and women, and knows no geographical borders, ethnic, or economic.


Obsessions are recurrent thoughts and constantly, encouragement, or imagination that raises emotions cause stress such as anxiety or feelings of disgust.

Someone who had OCD recognize that thoughts, impulses, or imagination of their mind is actually excessive or unreasonable.

But the nagging thought that can not be eliminated by logic or reasoning. Most people try to ignore, suppress, or neutralize their obsession with thinking or doing anything else.

Some things including the obsessions include excessive worries about pollution or hazardous conditions, the need for symmetry or exactness, or certain s*xual behaviors.

Encouragement (compulsions)

Encouragement is a repetitive behavior or mental behaviors that make a person feel compelled to do something in response to an obsession that appears.

This behavior is intended to prevent or reduce the pressure or the feared situation.

In the most severe cases, repetitive actions or behaviors that become rituals that can spend a full day, to make a normal routine impossible.

Behavior that occurs usually because of the irrational impulse. Some examples are:

1. Cleaning

To reduce the fear of the real thing or just imagination, that germs, dirt, or chemicals will "contaminate", so they spend a lot of time to wash themselves or clean up their environment.

2. Repeat 

To get rid of anxiety, some of them saying the name or short phrases, or repeats the behavior of a few times.

They know this repetition will not actually guard them against injury, but they are afraid will happen if they do not do the dangers of repetition.

3. Checking

To reduce the fear that could endanger yourself or others, for example, forgetting to lock the door or turn off the gas stove, some of them perform ritual examination.

Some others also repeatedly retraced their route driving to ensure that they do not hit anyone.

4. Ordering and Arranging

To reduce discomfort, some of them like to put objects, like books in a certain order, or arrange household goods must be "so", in a symmetrical fashion, or to have something perfect.

5. Hoarding

To reduce discomfort, some of them hoard newspapers, magazines, clothing, paper, and scrap, thus forming piles that disrupt the household.

6. Mental compulsions

In response to in response to obsessive thoughts, some of them have silently pray or say certain words to reduce anxiety or prevent the occurrence of an event in the future that they fear.