Are you a cleaning freak? Do you have this uncontrollable urge to keep everything organized? You can’t help that?
This is not a normal thing if you are like that. If you think that it’s just good cleaning sense, it’s your misconception. It is actually a medical condition. It is referred to as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders(OCD), which is a mental illness that cause repeated unwanted thoughts. To get rid of these thoughts, a person keeps on doing that thing repeatedly. You might feel that whatever you touch or come in contact with, has germs on it. To ease that fear, you wash your hands over and over. No one has any idea why it happens but according to some researchers, there might be some problem when the brain sends a message from one part to another. If it does not have enough chemical called serotonin, then also complications may occur. Certain infections like a streptococcal infection could also be the reason behind OCD.
What are the symptoms?
The signs associated with this condition are:
- Anxiety: It is the most common symptom. In this, you may have an overall sense that something bad will happen if you don’t do a task. You can’t control yourself from organizing things. If you don’t do that, you may feel tense and anxious. You could have a nagging sense that something is left undone.
- Obsession: It is an unpleasant urge that keeps on entering your mind and cause a feeling of anxiety, uneasiness or disgust.
- Compulsion: It is a thought where you feel that you have to do a certain task. These are behaviors that you repeat to try to control your obsessions. For example, you can not stop yourself from washing your hands, hoarding, constant praying and many more.
How can you find that something is wrong?
If you think that recently you’ve been having some abnormal obsessions and you are unable to prevent that, it is important to consult your doctor. He may ask you about the symptoms or your past health. You may undergo some physical tests. Most people don’t even go to the doctor because they feel embarrassed.
Are there any treatments available?
Counseling and treatments are available for the patients. Antidepressants like Prozac and Zoloft are usually prescribed by the physician which helps in making it easier for brain cells to receive and send the message.
There is also cognitive-behavioral therapy which slowly improves your contact with the thing that increases that causes false beliefs. It may make the symptoms less severe.
How can you prevent it?
You can’t. All you can prevent is symptoms. You can do that by taking regular medications and therapies.
So, all the OCD people out there, keep a hold of your daily activities. This is all for now. Share it with your friends and family to keep updated. Stay Fit Stay Healthy!!!