Obsessive Compulsive Disorder "OCD"

Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety, or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions.

First of all, I’ll tell a story about myself. I am Dan, since I was in the fourth grade I suffered of having an OCD, I think that obsession started when I missed my dad so much in abroad. And because of lacking knowledge about psychology, that time I think I’m the only person in the world that doing this kind of stuff. I believed that thing so much, but not until I watched the series in the Biography Channel called “obsessed” and I watched the stories of Americans suffering in OCD, I’ve seen that they did the actual rituals I does, like the rubbing of hands, and repetitive washing etc,.
But before that, the first compulsion I did is rubbing my thumb in my fingers, I can’t stop doing that stufff, I do it every hour or whenever remember it, and when I interrupt that ritual, I think that my mom, my dad, and my brothers will die, maybe in the next hours, or days. I always think that, these are called “thoughts”. And that compulsion made even faster, mixed with counting every step that I make, I just say, “one, two , three. One, two, three” I don’t want to do this stuff anymore, I tried to stop what I am doing, but I’m unsuccessful.
At school, my classmates are always looking at me, I always look paranoid. I am ashamed of myself. I always think that I am crazy enough. My grades get low because of my OCD, it is time consuming. Many thoughts are injected in my head. And I avoid social communications. I always think that I am very lonely every time. I want to stop this thing.
And until tried to face the compulsions I fear most, like touching a photo and placing it in a photo frame, I cried so much when I am doing that, I can’t take it anymore and until I throw that in the trash can, and washed my hands repeatedly for about an hour.
At last! I withstand that fear and thoughts, that day I feel that I’m the happiest person in the world. I tried to face my compulsions every day or so, until I think that I was healed. And at last, I’m successful! Its amazing! I healed myself! Without a help of a psychologist. I’m glad that my OCD is gone. I have an OCD for about five years!
OK, what a weird story of my life. Anyways, let’s go back to the topic.

 Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety, or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions. Symptoms of the disorder include excessive washing or cleaning; repeated checking; extreme hoarding; preoccupation with sexual, violent or religious thoughts; aversion to particular numbers; and nervous rituals, such as opening and closing a door a certain number of times before entering or leaving a room. These symptoms can be alienating and time-consuming, and often cause severe emotional and financial distress. The acts of those who have OCD may appear paranoid and potentially psychotic. However, OCD sufferers generally recognize their obsessions and compulsions as irrational, and may become further distressed by this realization.
OCD is the fourth most common mental disorder, and is diagnosed nearly as often as asthma and diabetes mellitus. In the United States, one in 50 adults suffers from OCD. Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects children and adolescents as well as adults. Roughly one third to one half of adults with OCD reports a childhood onset of the disorder, suggesting the continuum of anxiety disorders across the life span. The phrase “obsessive-compulsive” has become part of the English lexicon, and is often used in an informal or caricatured manner to describe someone who is excessively meticulous, perfectionistic, absorbed, or otherwise fixated. Although these signs are present in OCD, a person who exhibits them does not necessarily have OCD, and may instead have obsessive-compulsive personality disorder(OCPD), an autism spectrum disorder, or no clinical condition. Multiple psychological and biological factors may be involved in causingobsessive-compulsive syndromes. Standardized rating scales such as Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale can be used to assess the severity of OCD symptoms.

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