OCD. Know How TV Shows And Movies Have Been Fooling You
OCD is one hell of a misconstrued mental disorder, thanks to TV shows and movies. Yes, you heard it right. OCD or obsessive-compulsive disorder is not as easy going as its usage has been made by people.
“Hey! Close the door of the kitchen, don’t you know I have OCD!” Slurp, slurp! *Back to munching chips.*
OCD is a mental illness, a state of mind of compulsiveness and obsession which leaves a person extremely distressed.
So while Monica cribs about the ribbon drawer for baby, we can tell you that OCD depicted on television is certainly not the ideal OCD image you should create in mind.
Did we just hear you asking, what is OCD?
What is OCD?
In the words of the International OCD Foundation, OCD is a mental disorder that affects the people of all ages and occurs when a person gets caught in the cycle.
When we say obsession, we mean the utmost upsurge for a certain thing or the order of the certain thing that the obsessed might get prolonged disturbing thoughts and even witness images of the obsession in the mind. This obsession is so disturbing that it is often accompanied by other disturbing feelings like fear, horror, doubt, and disgust. The person experiences the arrival of these feelings throughout the day and cannot get rid of them despite hoping to.
This enormous obsession consequently produces the compulsiveness to get a certain thing right as soon as possible no matter how long or what it takes. For example, if a person has an OCD of clean clothes, he may spend the entire day washing all the clothes off the laundry, even the ones that might be clean but have been stored in the closet for too long. He may skip all the vital tasks of the day (even an important business meeting) until the work is done. The possibility is, the person may still feel distressed and start thinking of the future scenarios.
Types of OCD
There are different types of OCD, based on what kind of an obsession hovers on a person’s mind. Obsessions are of different kinds:
- Contamination: A person may have an unfathomable obsession with cleanliness. They are disgusted with the prospect of breeding germs. Washing hands all the time, taking frequent showers, cleaning the house, washing clothes, etc. can constitute a major portion of their time.
- Checking: People falling in this category have an association of doubt with their OCD. They keep checking whether the doorknob is locked, the electrical switch is off, the tap is turned off, etc.
- Hoarders: They have a compulsive feeling to store things and not throw them away. In this kind of OCD, a person is scared of missing out on the things if he gets rid of them. Such a person may also show the signs of compulsive buying, depression, kleptomania, etc.
- Counters and Arrangers: In this category, people have an obsession with keeping everything in symmetry and a certain order. Superstition about some specific colours, numbers or things might develop or be the reason behind OCD.
- Doubters and Sinners: A person may portray an irresistible urge to attain perfection. Not doing something in the best way possible can coerce the mind on thinking that a price or punishment awaits.
What causes OCD?
There are majorly three factors that my plant the seed of obsessive-compulsive disorder in the humans-
- Brain’s anatomy: structural variations in the frontal cortex of the sufferers and the non-sufferers thus leading to chemical and functional differences can be the cause of OCD
- Genetics: OCD can run down from the genes of a person to the next generation.
- Habitual pattern: A person may find an escape from anxiety by repeating the pattern of certain habits thus developing an OCD too it.
- Experiences: Past experiences of a person involving sexual abuse or any other traumatic incident may also trigger OCD.
- An uncontrollable urge to maintain cleanliness, arrange things in order, over chew food, cross-check things, focus on opinions and views, superstition, etc.
- Harming oneself or others due to loss of temper.
- Recurring distressing thoughts all day.
- Panicking, irritation, temper issues, etc.
While a person around you may actually be suffering from an OCD, what is important to notice is that not every obsession followed by compulsive behaviour is an OCD. Sometimes it is the part of the personality trait of a person.
Media has been depicting a rather uncomfortable mental disorder as a desirable personality trait (you definitely would have heard a friend or two of yours saying I have an OCD for this thing) but the truth is, it doesn’t just start ends with maintaining cleanliness. It is a lot more and awareness regarding the matter is the need of the hour.
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