obsessive-compulsive disorder

Eleven percent of new mothers experience significant obsessive-compulsive symptoms compared to two to three percent in the general population. These symptoms, including fear of injuring the baby and worry about germs, are usually temporary and could result from hormonal changes or be an adaptive response to caring for a new baby, researchers says. But if… Read more

You have probably heard of cases on the news where houses have been condemned because the owners had so much junk in their homes that they could no longer live there. Piles of newspapers, magazines and things that they just could not throw away were piled everywhere and even included food items. This type of behavior is called hoarding.

Hoarding is attaining possession of items as well as the inability to get rid of them, even though other people do not see the value in them. While hoarding manifests itself in a variety of disorders of the psychiatric variety, this hoarding instinct is prevalent in people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

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Understanding OCD

As of the time of this article, it is not known clinically why a person develops Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is often described when a person has a ritual of repeating certain acts and doing things a specific way. Examples are: shutting the stove off in a series of times with ending resulting as the first, not stepping on a crack in a sidewalk, and counting pin holes in the ceiling tiles, and so on.

Though the research continues on, medical researchers and scientists are in high hopes of finding the cure by linking it to the cause. Theories will be discussed here to help clarify the disorder. Serotonin

How to Stop Obsessive Thoughts

People with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) have obsessive thoughts that invokes a compulsion to do an act or ritual. Managing these thoughts with out aid may provoke a stronger obsessive thought and/or compulsion. This article is intended to be and aid only.

The only way to effectively manage OCD is to correctly be diagnosed and be under supervision of a mental health professional.

The simplest way to try and manage an obsessive thought is not to dwell on it. It may be simple, to the person with OCD this is actually a chore and very difficult to attempt.

For some, getting rid of the thoughts creates anxiety because the compulsion gets put on hold and results in a stronger compulsion at the next time the obsessive thought resurfaces. Not dwelling on the obsessive thought can be effective, if done properly.

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Trichotillomania and OCD

Trichotillomania, also known as TM involves the anxious pulling or removal of body hair. It may sound silly, but to people that suffer from this disorder, it is real. Some disorders are so extreme that it totally disrupts daily functioning. This disorder, one of the many in the OCD spectrum of disorders, is associated with depression, shame, anxiety and outright disgust for people, places or things.

It is not easily treated and has had psychologists stumped for years on how to treat such a disorder. It is multi-faceted and is not easily treated by one type of therapy alone.

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