OCD, which stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by two main symptoms: obsessions and compulsions. OCD causes the brain to get stuck on certain thoughts or urges. The typical onset for the disorder is between late teens and early 20’s, but one third of the patients show symptoms of OCD before age 15.These thoughts and urges are typically unwanted and uncontrollable. OCD is a chronic illness that can take over a person’s life. In order to keep it from doing so there are certain medications a person can take, and therapy a person can receive.
The two main symptoms when someone has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder are obsessions and compulsions. ...view middle of the document...
That is not true. People who truly have OCD their thoughts and behaviors become very stressful, take up a lot of time, and hinder their daily life and relationships.
The two main kinds of treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder are therapy and medications. A type of cognitive-behavioral therapy called exposure and response prevention is considered the most effective type of counseling for OCD. During this therapy a person exposes oneself to his or her obsessions so that a person can face his or her fears. It also teaches people with OCD different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting in situations to make them less anxious. It teaches how to respond calmly as well. The second kind of treatment is medications. The most commonly prescribed medications for OCD are anti-anxiety and anti-depressants (SSRI). Medications such as fluoxetine (for example, Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), and sertraline (Zoloft) are commonly prescribed to treat OCD. Some people do well with therapy while others do well with medications. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for OCD.
There is current research being done by various mental health institutes and med schools. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is supporting research for new treatments. An OCD research group affiliated with Yale called the Yale Child Study Group OCD Clinic is currently conducting research for children with OCD. The Anxiety Disorders Center is
performing research as well. OCD affects 2 to 2.5% of the population worldwide according to the research done by the Yale School of Medicine. The Stanford School of Medicine provides medications and psychotherapy, helps with complex problems, researches new treatments, and educates people on OCD.
Many famous people struggle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. These people include David Radcliffe,...