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06 Mar 2018 #Mental health

Not all those who know the rules of a game can play the game. Similarly, knowing about OCD is different and analyzing and understanding its symptoms is different. Occurrence of an image or a thought repetitively out of a person’s control is obsession but thinking occasionally about getting sickness or safety is not. Repetitively performing time consuming activities can be a compulsion but practicing bedtime routine or religious activities is not. Similarly, there are many different activities which are/ are not a symptom of OCD. Let’s brief them so as to understand the disease. <strong><u>OBSESSIONS:</u></strong> <ul> <li>Thoughts, images, or impulses that occur over and over again and feel out of the person’s control.</li> <li>The person does not want to have these ideas.</li> <li>He or she finds them disturbing and unwanted, and usually knows that they don't make sense.</li> <li>They come with uncomfortable feelings, such as fear, disgust, doubt, or a feeling that things have to be done in a way that is "just right."</li> <li>They take a lot of time and get in the way of important activities the person values (socializing, working, going to school, etc.).</li> </ul> <strong><u>NOT OBSESSIONS:</u></strong> <ul> <li>It is normal to have occasional thoughts about getting sick or about the safety of loved ones.</li> </ul> <strong><u>COMPULSIONS:</u></strong> <ul> <li>Repetitive behaviors or thoughts that a person engages in to neutralize, counteract, or make their obsessions go away.</li> <li>People with OCD realize this is only a temporary solution, but without a better way to cope they rely on the compulsion as a temporary escape.</li> <li>Can also include avoiding situations that trigger their obsessions.</li> <li>Time consuming and get in the way of important activities the person values (socializing, working, going to school, etc.).</li> </ul> <strong><u>NOT COMPULSIONS:</u></strong> <ul> <li>Not all repetitive behaviours or “rituals” are compulsions. Bedtime routines, religious practices, and learning a new skill involve repeating an activity over and over again, but are a welcome part of daily life.</li> <li>Behaviours depend on the context: Arranging and ordering DVDs for eight hours a day isn’t a compulsion if the person works in a video store.</li> </ul> The descriptive analysis done here may help you to know if a person is suffering from OCD. No cure can be started before diagnosing the disease and hence to diagnose or cure OCD, along with patience and methods to diagnose, a deep study and understanding of the mentioned disorder is required.

-By ThatMate