What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over. -www.nimh.gov

 

"Living With OCD: One Woman's Story" a true story.

The anxiety and shame started when Diance was 25. She was sitting in a pew at her church, where she is active in the ministry. It seemed to come out of nowhere. She felt as if she were going to jump out of her skin. Diance doesn’t know why she felt so anxious. But she knows what she saw when the feeling overwhelmed her: a nearby woman wearing a v-neck sweater.

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    The best thing a family member or friend can do for someone suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder is to encourage and help that person to seek treatment. The person suffering from OCD might be embarrassed and try to hide symptoms or rituals, and mental rituals can be very difficult to recognize. Family members should be on the lookout for behavior changes and disruptions in everyday activities. Although loved ones might be tempted to help with rituals and behaviors, such as cleaning or checking door locks, this is counterproductive and reinforces the behaviors. A critical reaction to the behaviors can also increase anxiety for the person, so family members should strive to remain nonjudgmental and open-minded.

    Family members will find it helpful to educate themselves about the disorder. Sufferers of OCD can be frustrating to deal with, and knowing more about the condition will increase the likelihood of those around them supporting and helping the sufferer. Once therapy has begun, supportive friends and family can make all the difference to recovery.

    Statistics

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    • Statistic 1

      What was once thought to be a rare mental disease is now known to be a more common 1. Approximately 2.3% of the population between ages 18- 54 suffers from OCD, which out ranks mental disorders such as: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or panic disorder.

    • Statistic 2

      In the U.S., approximately 3.3 million people have OCD, of which you have 0.3 to 1% of pediatric population and 2% of adult population.

    • Statistic 3

      So about 1 out of 200 adults have OCD and twice as many have had OCD at 1 point or another in their life.

    • Statistic 4

      There is no discrimination as to who has OCD, since it is found in all ethnic groups and both men and women are equally struck by the disorder, although in children OCD seems to be prevalent in boys.

    • Statistic 5

      Nearly 1/3 to 1/2 of all sufferers will find that their OCD has it's roots in childhood, some will even show signs in their pre-school years. Cases of OCD have been reported in children as young as 1.5, needless to say it's hard to make the diagnosis at such a young age (Lack of development of speech being 1 reason.). Around the age of 6 the linguistic abilities of the child make it easier to find out the existence of OCD, this co- relates with the age where most children show their first real signs of OCD. In most cases however, symptoms will start to show while being a teenager or in early adulthood. The age of onset is typically reported as 6 - 15 for males and 20 - 29 for females and is usually by the age of 40.

    • Statistic 6

      Although many people suffer from OCD, many are also still hiding their symptoms and surveys estimate that less than 10 % of those suffering are currently in treatment.

    • Statistic 7

      Typically OCD and it's symptoms will worsen due to Stress, Illnesses and Fatigue.

    Mental illnesses

     

    • anxiety

       

    • Bipolar disorder

       

    • Depression

       

    • Eating disorder

       

    • Obsessive compulsive disorder

       

    • post traumatic stress disorder

       

    • Schizophrenia