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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a mental illness that falls into the category of anxiety disorders. While it comes in many different forms, the main symptoms of OCD are obsessive thoughts that cannot be controlled.
These thoughts are usually on macabre, difficult subjects. One of the main focuses for many suffering from OCD is cleanliness, and a fear of contamination.
Such a fear becomes all encompassing, to the point where the sufferer cannot live a normal life any more.
The second behavior that defines OCD is the “compulsive” part, known as compulsions. Compulsions are the result of the obsessive thoughts that are the primary definition of OCD.
While a person can be Pure-O (only suffer thoughts, not compulsions), most sufferers do struggle with compulsions.
A compulsion is usually a prevention of the obsessive thoughts, an act which is meant to reassure the sufferer (though this is rarely successful).
For example, if someone has obsessive thoughts about contamination and germs, they will wash their hands or clean obsessively to alleviate their fears. However, the period of relief is usually shorts – sometimes mere moments – and then the compulsion to clean or wash their hands begins again.
While the compulsions supply no relief whatsoever, sufferers cannot stop themselves from performing them.
OCD is listed as 8th on a World Health Organization list of illnesses that most effect quality of life, above cancer and other physical illnesses.
However, only 30% of cases are correctly diagnosed by doctors in the first instance. With treatment and diagnosis OCD can be managed, but never cured.
Anxiety can be the bane of people’s existence, causing sleepless nights and panic attacks that are hugely detrimental to quality of life.
While the symptoms of an anxiety problem or disorder can be managed with medication, most users find this in itself presents problems – namely lethargy, which can be difficult if one needs to work or drive a car.
Instead, it is most effective for a sufferer of high anxiety to find other ways to cope with their condition.
Anxiety can be defined as a state of fear which is without justifiable reason.
While many people feel anxious upon hearing bad or worrying news, this is a normal level of anxiety caused by a shock reaction of adrenaline in the body – and is usually harmless.
Anxiety becomes a problem, known as a disorder, when these moments of high anxiety happen frequently or without just cause.
Just cause’ is difficult to define, as usually there will be some basis of fear which is creating the anxiety attack.
However, in cases such as those suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, this fear is not in scale with the problem actually presented to the individual – in a sense, an anxiety attack is an overreaction.
On the other side, many people experience anxiety for no definable reason (inflated or not) whatsoever. The most important thing to remember is that anxiety is not a sustainable state.
Severe anxiety uses up much of the bodies resources, and within half an hour, even the most severe symptoms will begin to subside.
Sometimes, with anxiety, all you can do is learn to ride it out.