Why would a person cleanse their hands with scolding hot water, and the rough side of a sponge until their hands become, raw, crack, and bleed in order to feel clean? This same person may check to make sure the kitchen knives are locked away 50 times a day to insure their child is not stabbed with one. This situation is very common in people who have severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that triggers people to have unwanted fixations and to repeat certain activities again and again. Everyone has habits or certain ways of doing something with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder these habits severely interrupt the way they live their lives (Familydoctor.org Editorial Staff).
About one in 40 people suffer from some form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ABRAMOWITZ). Obsessive Compulsive Disorder often occurs with significant stress or trauma. Many people suffer for years because they are not correctly diagnosed. While there are shows exposing the how sever Obsessive Compulsive Disorder truly can be, most cases are moderate.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be caused by several different factors. Some experts say that people who suffer with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder have irregular brain chemistry that comprises the way serotonin works. “Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps the nerve cells communicate” (NAMI). However this is not the case in everyone who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (ABRAMOWITZ). Scientists have also observed that patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder have a faster metabolism in the basal ganglia and the frontal lobes of the brain (NAMI). This in part explains why those who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder have repetitive thoughts and think certain ways; the frontal lobe controls all of those functions that make up our personality. These same people commonly have large amounts of vasopressin in their systems. A brain injury can cause someone to experience Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (NAMI). People also can suffer with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder after enduring a very traumatic or stressful event.
Irrational obsessions and compulsions that are repetitive also called rituals and are the most prevalent symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The most common fixation is the necessity to be sanitized. People with this type of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder have to keep everything clean and uncontaminated; they may wash their hands with scolding hot water and a fresh bar of soap until they literally scrub a layer of skin off. They may clean then re-clean every surface they come in contact with. Other people are seen as contaminated vessels and a person with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder will not have any human contact what so ever. “Checking” is another symptom that may arise in a person with this condition. They possibly will check to see if they had locked the door several times, the “checking” is considered to be a ritual....