Symptoms start small, and to you, they can seem to be normal behaviors.
The history of OCD
They can be triggered by a personal crisis, abuse, or something negative that affects you a lot, like the death of a loved one. An obsession is an uncontrollable thought or fear that causes stress. A compulsion is a ritual or action that someone repeats a lot.
Compulsions may offer some relief, but only for a little while. Symptom: You might be scared to touch things other people have touched, like doorknobs. Or you don't want to hug or shake hands with others. Symptom: You feel stressed when objects are out of place. Symptom: When you're thinking of something completely different, you have thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else.
Symptom: You need constant encouragement or reassurance from others that what you're doing is right or OK. Theme: Fear of evil or hostile thoughts, including warped ideas about sex or religion. Symptom: You wash your hands , shower, or take a bath over and over. Symptom: You check repeatedly to make sure kitchen appliances are turned off or the door is locked when you leave. Symptom: You say numbers in a certain pattern out loud or to yourself. Unfortunately, the more you do these rituals to make yourself feel better, the more you have to keep doing them.
They may make you feel better for a little while, but the obsessions just keep coming back. Many people with OCD have above-average intelligence. OCD affects both males and females, too.
Signs of OCD
Some TV shows and movies feature stars who supposedly have OCD, and sometimes these characters are played for laughs. As you already know, OCD is a lot different in real life. Learn more about what OCD is and about obsessions and compulsions. A specially trained cognitive behavior therapist teaches you to use what is called Exposure and Response Prevention ERP tactics. You can help manage the situation at home by not losing your temper when they nag.
Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents — your home might include any number of these family members. No one on the planet would have to tell you to stop! Sometimes family members try to help by doing your rituals with you or for you. You can show this article to your parents. Many thousands of teens, adults and children have committed to doing CBT therapy which includes homework sessions between sessions with your therapist and gained control over their OCD.
It will take hard work on your part. Also what do you thing of Inositol. I am taking it for over an year now and it seems to help effects much more beyond placebo. Ever since my sister attempted suicide back in I've had anxiety. It wasn't until then I began having rituals of constantly washing my hands, checking locks, thinking I've hit something with my car, afraid of dirty laundry and needing a "clean" basket and a "dirty" basket, constantly looking for reassurance and being afraid of "contaminating" things with my germs or vice versa and so on and so forth.
I've been medicated on and off since and, although it isn't as bad as when I'm not medicated, I still would like to be able to control myself and not have to be dependent on meds. My family is very supportive and want me to be mentally healthy and encourages me that taking the medications is okay. Although I agree, I just want to control everything on my own. I am currently seeing a therapist, but not doing any CBT.
I just want it all to go away, if you have any advice for me it would be much appreciated! Thanks, Jenna. Whenever i try to expose myself to the thing that frightens me, my ocd tell me that i shouldnt do that. I know it sounds childish that i shouldnt follow what my ocd says. But even when i try to think about exposing myself to my anxiety, the ocd will begins to bother me, and it get harder and harder. Help me. Thank you all for taking the time to comment on this post. That is, it is essential to do the exposures on a regular basis and stick to the method consistently until the particular anxiety trigger being worked on no longer evokes anxiety.
So, if you do ERP with a specific anxiety trigger over and over and over and over, again and again and again, within a relatively short period of time, the trigger will almost always lose it's ability to fire off an anxiety reaction. Thus, just like rituals are usualy performed repetitively and consistently which strengthens them , doing ERP repetitively and consistently weakens the rituals and reduces anxiety. Im now in my late forties. Stopping the rituals and 'waiting for the anxiety to lessen' does not work for me.
It never ever lessens, it increases. I had an angina attack, and athsma attacks by avoiding the rituals It is outrageous and dangerous to advise this as though it suits every OCD case. Exposure 'therapy' and CBT also almost killed me; the stress was just too much on my body.
On reading your article amongst everyone else saying the same thing I was frustrated. I resist the urge and wait. I have almost died of an athsma attack during this stressful waiting time, and have had angina attacks. I didnt think that it might harm me, but clearly it has been doing. All it does it cause my anxiety to hit the roof and stay there It never, ever eases off. Maybe I have a more resistant form?
CBT doctors don't believe me and have put me through hell trying to prove it to me. It doesnt work, for me I promise. Y'all deleted my comments and questions and Anne's comments Our posts contained no foul language, no threats, no offensive language Just very good questions which exposed fallacies in your theories.
Anne's comments have not been deleted despite her clear dissent because she expressed them without impugning the character of the author. In fact, dissenting comments are welcome when they are appropriately presented because they stimulate discussion and the exchange of ideas. If your comments were deleted, it is because they were gratuitous, taunting, defamatory or otherwise rude and inappropriate. Indeed, the sarcastic way you used the term Doctors in quotes reflects the hostile nature of your most recent comment.
Let me rephrase my question in a non hostile manner: can anybody produce one single success story, i. Thank you for your question. First, the word "cure" is a bit ambitious when applied to OCD. Most people don't have their OCD cured, per se but rather, through ERP, sufferers reduce its strangle hold on them - in many cases so dramatically that they are ostensibly "cured.
There are many, many therapeutic success stories using this method and good clinical research supporting ERP's efficacy, too. General, to name only two. Clearly they must be helping many people or else they would not remain in business with long waiting lists.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Perhaps do a google search and you will find a great number of positive outcomes. These 'experts' are so stubborn. They believe that everyone with OCD is the same. I for example have never felt something bad is going to happen if I resist the urges to tic or whatever. Stupid 'doctors' do not listen. My severe, lifelong ocd has never responded to CBT. I was angry at your statement that 'nothing bad happens' because I have never for a moment ever believed anything bad WOULD ever happen! I carry out the tics and rituals because of the sheer anxiety it causes me if I dont!
Simple as that. Its like being hit in the heart with a taser And, despite the psychologists all saying to the contrary At least not for me. Mine must be incredibly resistant because I am very stubborn and have been fighting this for forty five years Absolute rubbish! WEll let me tell you 'experts' this Ive had severe ocd and tics for forty five years; and this is not true at all! I do not care for 'reassurance' or 'escape'.
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I have extreme tics when something stresses me, and have to have order in my life or else it feels like someone holding a taser to my heart. I had erp, cbt, drugs Once I had a massive athsma attack, and another time angina all because I was trying to combat this damn thing.
I did try various 'doctors', and the only thing that helped were the med's but unfortunately they gave me severe tinnitus and hyperacusis When I tried other drugs it made it even worse I do not seek reassurance, and most definitely have 'the grit' to do ERP I am very strong. But it almost killed me.
What do you have to say to that?? I bet you will just say Im not trying hard enough, or Im doing it wrong. If I have to hear that one more time, the next 'expert' is going to have their heads flushed down the toilet!! Sadly, in these cases, more invasive treatments like surgery might be considered. I am not saying that you are lying, maybe people tell you they are doing better just so that they don't have to keep coming to see you and give you money, but European Psychiatrists are adamant that a cure for OCD has not been found, yet. I am so sorry to have to say this to you, but it is true: y'all have no idea what y'all are talking about, all of y'all therapists.
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You are correct that there is no cure for OCD. I don't see anyone here claiming OCD can be cured. What I do see is the factual statement that in many cases the symptoms can be significantly reduced with proper treatment.