OCD and its Victims

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Follow the dead cacophony, sing the broken lyrics, do the work that might seem esoteric.
Can you relate it even a bit?
Can you understand the avalanche that has broken?
Can you understand the pain and the anxiety?

We whole heartedly wish you don’t but if you do, don’t worry!
We are there to help you, understand you and to listen to your heart.

OCD: All we stated above is the misery of a victim suffering from OCD. Not clinically a dangerous disease but can even lead to abnormality, anxiety and collapsing of a beautiful mind and body.
We all follow our heart as feelings don’t lie but unfortunately, if you have OCD, they do lie. OCD comes in play when the warning system of your brain stops working properly, it will warn you about a danger even when you are not near to any.
Those tortured with this disorder are desperately trying to get away from paralyzing, unending anxiety.

Let’s talk about victims of this havoc.

Considering the situations prevailing in United States, facts reveal that every 1 in 200 children and teens have OCD. No treatment can be given to them unless one analyzes and understands their situation better. Let’s put some light on some common issues of OCD in children and teens.

  • Disrupted Routines which makes their life stressful, difficult and exhausted.
  • Problems at school that include homework, attention in class and school attendance.
  • Physical complaints like stress, poor nutrition, loss of sleep which makes children physically ill.
  • The stress of hiding rituals from peers, time spend with obsessions and compulsions can affect all their social relationships.
  • Problems with self esteem which lead to embarrassment or make them feel “bizarre” or “out of control”.
  • Sometimes even when parents set reasonable limits, kids and teens with OCD can becomes anxious and angry leading to anger management problems.
  • Additional mental health problems that include depression, additional anxiety disorders, trichotillomania, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, tic disorders, disruptive behaviours, etc., results due to lack of attention with patients suffering from OCD.

Just like the way charity begins at home, first aid procedure for the victim of OCD also begins at home. There are few responsibilities as well as measures that a person might take care of if a person in his/her family is suffering from OCD.

  1. Learn about OCD
  • Read books on OCD
  • Join the International OCD Foundation
  • Attend OCD support groups
  • Research online
  1. Learn to recognize and reduce “Family Accommodation Behaviours”:
  • Participating in the behaviour
  • Assisting in avoiding
  • Helping with the behaviour
  • Making changes in family routine
  • Taking on extra responsibilities
  • Making changes in leisure activities
  • Making changes at your job
  1. Help your family member find the right treatment
  2. Learn how to respond if your family member refuses treatment:
  • Bring books, video tapes, and/or audio tapes on OCD into the house
  • Offer encouragement
  • Get support and help yourself
  • Attend a support group

Remember, when you fight against it, you are not alone. We and hundreds of people are out there who are there to help you when you need it, support you if you all and encourage you if you ever fail. Don’t give up on yourself; don’t give up on your friends or family.
Keep walking even if you  can’t see the road.
Mansi Pareek

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