Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be defined as an illness that causes intense anxiety and concerns repetitive behaviors, thoughts, and rituals. These rituals can include washing, checking, and hoarding. Many of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder symptoms can be controlled naturally, without medication or therapy.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder can be seen as another form of OCD. A person with a strong desire to achieve orderliness in their environment will develop rituals that can include checking, checking, and checking. The person with OCD will then continue to develop more rituals to achieve that orderliness. This behavior can become excessive, and becomes a bothersome sign of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Some obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms include repeated washing of hands, repeated counting of objects, checking and re-checking of things such as doors, closets, and clock radios. Another symptom of OCD is hoarding, where a person will check and re-check items until they have checked them twice. A person that hoards items such as furniture or appliances would check them many times to make sure they are all plugged in or unscrewed. They then accumulate these items and become extremely anxious if they need to throw something away.
The disorder, when severe, will cause a person to check all doors to make sure they are locked before leaving their home. A person with the disorder will also check off each item they have checked on a checklist to mark it completed.
A person with this disorder will sometimes check and re-check things to make sure they have completed their rituals and have checked everything they need to. This can also cause them to become extremely anxious and stressed. The person with obsessive-compulsive disorder will then begin to avoid leaving the comfort of their home. They will become extremely upset if they have to leave their home or feel they need to go somewhere they know they are not comfortable with.
Other obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms are excessive cleaning of surroundings and objects, and hoarding of items they do not need. People with this disorder will also start checking lights, alarms, and switch all the time, and then become anxious and upset when they cannot check them all. Other symptoms include excessive counting of items, counting objects, and becoming extremely anxious when they cannot remember something.
Other symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder include having a fear of contracting an infection through contamination. It is also possible for someone to suffer from this disorder if they have a fear of harming someone or a situation that may cause harm to someone else. This disorder can be inherited and if it is inherited it means that it is caused by a faulty gene. It is also possible for this disorder to be acquired. However, if it is acquired it means that it has moved into the functional memory area of the brain where decisions are made.
It is not clear at this time what causes OCD, but it is apparent that it has an emotional component. The fear of contracting an infection is not caused by anything and is just used as a fear to try and trigger the compulsions. This is a learned behavior that may be unlearned but can be unlearned rapidly if the person understands how their compulsions are harming their life and tries to stop them. These thoughts are usually caused by an excess of anxiety.
OCD is not curable. However, it can be treated. There are medications on the market that work to help reduce the emotional component of it. There are also some treatments that use cognitive behavior training. Cognitive behavior training is very effective for OCD and has been proven effective by other studies. There are also therapies that are used to help the compulsions. These therapies work very well and it is possible to learn how to control them. Some of the most popular therapies used to help with OCD are Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the therapy that has been proven to help with OCD and it is what is being used to treat it. A person with OCD has to expose themselves to the thing or situation that makes them nervous. If they don't respond well then they must exposure them again until they do respond well. This continues until they can handle all the exposure without getting panic. There are some situations that are the exact opposite of exposure such as being at a restaurant and not being able to leave the house. Those situations are used to help with the fear of contagion.
If you are depressed and want to stop your OCD then it is possible. There are times when people who are depressed respond well to therapy that helps them feel better and their OCD then gets treated. Depression is treated quite well through depression therapies and can even be curbed. You don't need to depend on medications to get rid of your OCD. There are a lot of effective therapies that have been proven to work quite well and in many cases are more effective than medications.
Don't let your OCD get you down. Take the steps necessary to get rid of it and those steps will bring you back to a better place.