How To Live With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Most of us have heard about obsessive compulsive disorder, otherwise known as OCD. We have probably heard it used most frequently in a casual context. For example, your friend could be talking about their penchant for cleanliness, and drop into the conversation with ‘I’m a bit OCD,’ or words to that effect. This could well be the case, but actually, as anyone with OCD will tell you, it is often more than simply being a bit fussy about cleanliness.
OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can be a crippling disorder that completely takes over the sufferer’s life – which is why it should come as no surprise that many OCD sufferers dislike this casual appropriation of their condition. OCD can affect anyone of any age, race or gender, and it categorized by its obsessive thoughts, which often link to uncontrollable compulsions.
These obsessions and compulsions can often lead to further mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, and as a result, this can be very debilitating for the sufferer. If you think you might be suffering from OCD, your first port of call must always be to visit a trusted health professional, as they will be able to give you the advice and treatment you need. Here are a few ways you will be able to help lessen the effect that your OCD has on your life.
Surrounding yourself with a support system
Trying to go it alone on anything can result in disaster, and OCD is no different. Explain your compulsions to your friends and family – many people are simply uneducated in OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which can leave them acting unsympathetic. If you are in a situation where you have an urge to act on your obsessive thoughts, try and have someone you trust with you to help talk you out of it and calm you down.
Re-training your brain
The obsessions and compulsions most OCD sufferers face are completely out of their control. Chances are, your OCD started in childhood and was something your parents thought you would grow out of. It is only when this obsessive compulsive behavior continues that many teenagers and even grown adults receive a diagnosis of OCD. By this point, your brain has become very used to its obsessive compulsive ways, so much so that it almost becomes your ‘default’ state.
Visit a Psychiatrist for advice on how you can start to retrain your brain into thinking differently. A good example of this is cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps millions of people with mental health problems get back in control of their thoughts and subsequent actions.
Like with many mental health problems, medication can sometimes be prescribed to help you combat the cause of the issue. More often than not you will be prescribed a course of SSRI tablets, which are also used for treating depression. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t see an effect straight away – they normally take around 12 weeks to make any difference to your condition.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one the most common Mental Health issues today and it can seem hopeless but there is hope and help available.