Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

“OCD is not a disease that bothers; it is a disease that tortures.” ―  J.J. Keeler, 2012

Obsessive– compulsive disorder or OCD is a neurotic disorder, characterized by unusual phobias and anxiety states. It is also known as obsessive compulsive neurosis and obsessive-compulsive illness or simply obsessive disorder or compulsive disorder.  People with this problem suffer considerable distress, and often feel that they are helpless and hopeless. They are afflicted with disturbing unwanted thoughts and visuals that make them feel compelled to carry out activities repeatedly and at times nonsensically. They cannot explain the rationale behind most of the things they do to get rid of their anxiety.  Their obsessive– compulsive problems are hard to explain for them. As a result, they start considering them as socially awkward. Alterations in the behaviour of people with OCD are less handicapping and disabling than psychotic illnesses— such as schizophrenia— but severe obsessive– compulsive disorder can cause great distress and major incapacitation.

Interview of OCD Patient

 Patients who suffer from OCD are convinced that their unusual activities are correct and by doing them they are fixing the mess around them such as arranging things in a particular order according to their own logic.  Most sufferers can function at least moderately well: they are able to work, maintain family and other relationships, and pursue their goals and interests. In contrast, most people afflicted with major mental illnesses, psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, suffer from numerous and chronic impairments. Many of them have limited insight into what is wrong, and their contact with the outside world may be seriously distorted. Obsessive– compulsive disorder is primarily classified as an anxiety disorder which in severe cases may lead to impairment of thinking abilities and violence on some occasions. Intense and poorly controlled anxiety is the basic feature of these disorders, and there is overlap of symptoms among them.

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