Tag: OCD

What Causes Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

What Causes Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

After the success of the hit television series “Monk” (2002 – 2009) people wanted to know more about the ailment that the detective Monk suffered from – obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD. Unfortunately, not even Monk could determine the exact culprit that causes OCD. No one knows why people get OCD. The prestigious Mayo Clinic [...]

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Aggression and Self-Harm as OCD Symptoms

Aggression and Self-Harm as OCD Symptoms

Obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD is a very complex yet treatable mental illness. There seems to be as many OCD symptoms as there are OCD patients. These include being burdened by unwanted thoughts or fears that if they do not perform a certain task that a tragedy will occur. Some patients show scary OCD symptoms [...]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

People who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder have thoughts which are so compulsive and obsessive it interferes with their everyday lives and affects relationships with family and friends. Sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder report feelings of helplessness and isolation. Signs of this disorder appear as irrational and obsessive with compulsive behavior such as repetition and [...]

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How to recognise Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

How to recognise Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

There are occasions when all of us feel the need to check that the door is locked or the oven is switched off but for individuals suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) these needs and thoughts become extreme and over-whelming, often to the point that it interferes with their daily routine. Symptoms associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder [...]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Signs and Symptoms

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Signs and Symptoms

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental illness and an anxiety disorder. It can affect children and adults. OCD gets worse over time if left untreated. People with OCD tend to hide their symptoms from their loved ones in order to avoid being thought of as “crazy.” This can make it difficult for OCD patients [...]

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Treatments For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Treatments For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a very helpful tool in managing symptoms of OCD. Occasionally the use of antidepressants can be used alongside cognitive behavioral therapy, but taking medicine alone seldom helps in alleviating the symptoms of OCD. There are two parts involved in Cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD: Exposure and response prevention consists of constant [...]

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Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania

Trichotillomania, a disorder of chronic hair pulling, is classified in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV) as an impulse control disorder. The individual experiences a recurrent and generally irresistible urge to engage in hair pulling, resulting in significant hair loss. This may occur at multiple sites, most often on the scalp, [...]

September 29, 2011 More
Postpartum Disorders

Postpartum Disorders

Any psychiatric illness may occur during the postpartum period. However, the most common disorders having an onset, recurrence, or exacerbation in the postpartum period include mood disorders and anxiety disorders. Difficulty with adjustment and problems in the mother-infant relationship may also occur after childbirth. Women who experienced a psychiatric disorder prior to or during the [...]

September 23, 2011 More
Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

The term Anxiety Disorders refers to a category of psychiatric illnesses that are generally more chronic than substance use or affective (mood) disorders. It is estimated that 25% of the population have had some type of anxiety disorder in their lifetime. The fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) classifies [...]

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