Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder occurs when a person feels that he needs to follow a certain set of patterns or routines that are often complicated or tiresome. The person may suffer from obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviour or both. The symptoms for obsession include:
Involuntary and persistent thoughts that appear to be senseless, such as persistent worry over a past event, or an overwhelming fear of dirt.
Trying to suppress these thoughts.
Recognizing that these thoughts are coming from one’s own imagination and not from outside factors, this is however not true for children
Repetitive acts such as tidying, hand washing, checking and rechecking doors and locks, making sure windows are shut, and repeating words.
Recognizing that this repetitive behaviour is excessive or unreasonable, however this may not be true for children.
Feverish levels of activity or thought.
Suffering with depression and distress if these compulsions are not done correctly.
Mute behaviour with agitated depression.
Social isolation and withdrawal that is accompanied by delusional thinking.
Mood swings from anxiety to despair.
Exemplary functioning in sports or school work accompanied by compulsive behaviour.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is chronic and involuntary. The person often does realize that they do have a problem but that they are unable to control themselves. People who suffer with obsessive compulsive disorder find that their thoughts and actions interfere with their everyday jobs, relationships and routines. Obsessive compulsive disorder occurs gradually over time and it is for this reason that many people do not realize that they are suffering from it. When it eventually produces symptoms that interfere with everyday life, sufferers may attempt to hide these compulsions from other people and try and use willpower to stop. Obsessive compulsive symptoms are also found in Tourette’s syndrome, schizophrenia and depression.
There are many different possible causes for Obsessive compulsive disorder. Some researchers believe that it runs in families while others believe that obsessions reflect unconscious desires from a childhood stage of development, and that it is biochemical in nature. Your doctor will evaluate you and your upbringing and then examine you thoroughly.
When to seek further professional advice
You or your child is experiencing some of the symptoms listed above
Your child is anxious or depressed and has fears.
Alternative therapies have been found to be useful for both relief and recovery. Homoeopathic practitioners have specified prescriptions for obsessive compulsive disorder, that can be tailored to the individual. Some of the remedies that might be used by an experienced homoeopath are Hyoscyamus, arsenicum album, nux vomica, pulsatilla and medorrhinum. Meditation and other relaxation techniques such as yoga, tai chi and progressive muscle relaxation have been found to be helpful. Breathing exercises have also been found to be quite beneficial.
Prescribed drugs combined with behavior therapy is the most common form of treatment. Behavior therapy will help the person to find alternative ways of behaving that will be less distressful.
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