Category: OCD


OCD


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective treatment options for OCD. This method teaches people to confront their fears. The more one tries to avoid their obsessions, the more worse they get. It teaches different ways of thinking, behaving and reacting to situations. This  method allows for them to eventually get used their obsessions until they no longer face the anxiety.

I recently read an article in which researchers wanted to test a theory that an internet based OCD can be a cheapter and more effective way to treat OCD. The —article suggested that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is effective but access to CBT therapists are limited. They decided to develop a internet based CBT (IBCT) in which patients could log onto the website and work with written self-help material and homework assignments as a way of self-help. They would still have the ability to work with an online CBT therapist and it would increase a patient’s access to CBT.

—Participants were chosen from physicians and mental health professionals and self-referral. Information was posted on a clinic’s website. In order to be a participant in the experiment, they had to agree to a consent form which stated that they had to agree to undergo psychological treatment and they also had to have no history of CBT treatment for 2 years prior. —23 patients received 15-weeks of the IBCT program that consisted of psycho education, cognitive restructuring and exposure response prevention. The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale was used to assess the patients before and after treatment
—They concluded that IBCT reduced OCD symptoms and improved the patient’s general functioning after the 15 week program.
—They believe that IBCT has potential but there has to be more controlled trials in order to validate the method.
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There are many signs and symptoms of OCD but there are a few common ones:

—Obsessions or compulsions are not due to medical illness or drug use
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COMMON OBSESSIONS
—Fear of dirt or contamination of germs
—Need for order and exactness
—Causing harm to another
—Making a mistake
—Excessive doubt and need for reassurance
—COMMON COMPULSIONS:
—Constant bathing, showering or washing hands
—Repeating words or phrases
—Constant counting while performing routine tasks
—Repeatedly checking things (locks)
—Touching doorknobs
—Eating food in an order
—Performing tasks a number of times

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I wanted to share a personal story about one of my family members. My mother suffers from OCD and it is really hard on her sometimes. Things in my house have to be clean and spotless and if they are not, she worries. Everyday she comes home, she starts to clean the house. When something is not clean, she the thought cannot leave her mind and it stresses her out to the point where she can’t sleep or can’t focus on other things. This causes her to be stressed and it can take a toll on her sometimes. It is sad to see her go through it and I try to help her cope in certain ways. I feel that the best things for someone is support from family and friends because they know that they are understood and that people are there to help them. Because I have been there for her, she tends to not worry as much or i’ll help her out as best as I can to keep things clean so she does not have that in her mind constantly.

OCD Causes


The causes of OCD are not fully understood and even not known that much. However, some believe that biological and enviornmental factors may have a factor in the development of OCD.

Biological Factors:

Neurons in our brians communicate and work together in order for our bodies to function normally. Neurons communicate with neurotransmitters to help move electrical signals from neuron to neuron. One neurotransmitter, called serotonin, may have low levels that can in turn cause OCD. Also, serotonin imbalance may also be inherited. If a parent has the low imbalance, they can spread it to their children. Another biolocial factor could be an infection called Streptococcus that can develop into OCD if it is recurrent and untreated.

Enviornmental Factors:

There are several factors that can trigger OCD. Such factors include abuse, death of a loved one , work and school problems, illness and many other forms of stress that an individual may go through.

OCD Video


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Sf5v21X7Uc

This is a link to a video where is describes OCD and the various forms of the disorder. It also explains how one could notice the signs and symptoms if they see a loved one struggling with this disease. At the end, there is a website that is mentioned to learn more about OCD and ways in which one could be helped.

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I recently read about a woman with OCD who is terrified of getting germs on her hands. She has to open all doors with her feet and must wash her hands for 5 minutes continuously throughout the day. She also does not wear a lot of the clothes she owns because she feels as though by being around certain things, they would be contaminated regardless if it was washed or not. This woman did an interview on the news. I thought that she was pretty strong to announce her problem on television. I also liked how she helped to educated people about her disorder.


As i come in contact with you, my fear

you, which I have tried to supress

with time consuming rituals

only to make you stronger and stronger

Now we are face to face

I am terrified

As the tears run down my face

it came to my realization

You are nothing to be afraid of.

As I was researching the victims of OCD, I came across this poem and it really got to me. Many people constantly claim “I have OCD” as a joke but what many do not realize is that it is something that people have to deal with everyday and it takes their lives away. They have to struggle so much to try and overcome this but they cannot. This poem helped me to see that it causes fear in it’s victims and for someone to realize that it’s nothing to be afraid of really is an inspirational quote and I hope that those who are trying to overcome this can one day feel this way too.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has always been one of my favorite anxiety disorders to learn about. OCD is a disorder in which an individual deals with persistent unwanted feelings, ideas, thoughts, obsessions or behaviors that cause them to carry out compulsions. I have always thought that living this way can be very difficult for the individual. They are constantly carrying out compulsions because they cannot help themselves. I know that it is hard to want to do something but try so hard not to. I have had some experiences with people who have OCD and I know that there are a lot of television shows and movies that show what this disorder looks like. I am excited to research and post some of these so that everyone can get a visual look of how hard this disorder is for someone.