Doctor Oz did a segment on his show about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), including the symptoms of OCD and treatments for OCD. 1 in 40 million Americans have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, an anxiety disorder where you have fear of all kids of different things and are literally forced to repeat certain actions over and over again, such as washing your hands or checking that you locked the front door. Most people get OCD when they become adults (at the age of 21 years old), however some children (even 10 year olds) can become Obsessive Compulsive. Men and women get OCD with equal frequency, but younger boys seem to get it more than younger girls. Unfortunately, there is usually a large gap between when a person starts to get OCD and when they get treated because they are embarrassed… if you are reading this and have OCD, please do not be embarrassed! Leave a comment below and lets all support each other to get through this very difficult disorder! Dr. Oz said that a study was done and found that 13% of people with OCD have tried to commit suicide… please, if you are reading this and considering suicide, seek help immediately… you are loved (especially by us at wellbuzz.com!!!)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Definition:
An obsession is any idea or thought that involuntarily goes through your mind and you can’t get it to go away. Often these distracting thoughts are bothersome. Common obsessions include worrying about dirt or germs, fear of hurting other people and a desire for symmetry or everything to be in a certain order. Other obsessions you can’t get to disappear, even though you may personally find the thoughts disturbing, such as violent thoughts, or religious images.
A compulsion is an action or ritual that you feel you have to repeat over and over again. For example, compulsions commonly include cleaning in general, washing your hands, checking that doors or locked, checking that you have turned off switches or other appliances, or organizing and rearranging things constantly. A compulsion could even be something more basic like counting, tapping, or praying repetitively. Usually, a person repeats these compulsions to feel in control and safe, which helps to counteract the fear instilled in them by their obsession.