Wednesday, February 07, 2007

What is OCD? (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder and not a neurotic disorder and is curable. There is no cause to why a person is suffering because of OCD. There could be several reasons to this kind of disorder.

The reasons for example could be like trying hard to be a perfectionist and so striving for leanliness even when things around are clean. These Behavioural patterns become obsessive and in turn become compulsions.

This is a psychological disorder. However, there are genetic tendencies and environmental factors that lead to the disorder. OCD is controllable. Those under the clutch of OCD are branded eccentrics, senseless and crazy. There are various treatments to cure OCD. Combined with drugs a psychotherapy called Combined Congnitive Behaviour Therapy. The treatment involves relaxation, orientation and replacing of the obsessive thoughts. Doctors say that around 80% of the patients get cured with the above said medication.

Some cases do need a surgical correction. This surgery is called "Stereo Tactic Surgery". Parents and friends of the patients play a vital role in identifying any changes in the behaviour. Once any change is observed it is necessary to be treated. More than treatment support from family and friends help the patient to recover soon.

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