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. OBSESSIONS: Thoughts, images, or impulses that occur over and over again and feel out of the person’s control. The person does not want to have these ideas. He or she finds them disturbing and unwanted, and usually knows that they don't make sense. 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." They take a lot of time and get in the way of important activities the person values (socializing, working, going to school, etc.). NOT OBSESSIONS: It is normal to have occasional thoughts about getting sick or about the safety of loved ones. COMPULSIONS: Repetitive behaviors or thoughts that a person engages in to neutralize, counteract, or make their obsessions go away. 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. Can also include avoiding situations that trigger their obsessions. Time consuming and get in the way of important activities the person values (socializing, working, going to school, etc.). NOT COMPULSIONS: 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. 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. 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.