What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
This is a disorder in which the person needs to follow certain set patterns or routines that may be complicated or tiresome.
What are the Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
You may have obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviour or both. For obsession: Involuntary and persistent thoughts that appear to be senseless, such as an overwhelming fear of dirt; persistent worry about a past event. Attempts to suppress such thoughts. Recognition that these thoughts come from one’s own imagination, not from outside factors. For compulsions: Repetitive acts such as hand washing, checking and rechecking doors and locks, making sure windows are shut, tidying, repeating words. Recognition that the repetitive behaviour is excessive or unreasonable. Feverish levels of thought or activity. Depression and distress as attempts to deal with compulsions fail.
What are the Causes of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
There are a number of different possible causes for OCD. Some reports suggest that it runs in families, some say that obsessions reflect unconscious desires from a childhood stage of development, and that it is biochemical in nature. Your doctor will evaluate you, your upbringing and examine you thoroughly.
Traditional Medical Treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
The most common form of treatment involves the prescription of drugs combined with behaviour therapy. Behaviour therapy will assist in helping the person to find alternative ways of behaving that will be less distressful.
Complementary/Alternative Treatments for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Alternative therapies are useful for both relief and recovery. Homeopathy – Homeopathic practitioners have specific prescriptions for OCD, which can be tailored to the individual. Among the remedies that may be used by an experienced homeopath are Arsenicum album, Hyoscyamus, Medorrhinum, Nux vomica, and Pulsatilla. Meditation and other relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, yoga and t’ai chi all may be helpful. Breathing exercises are also very helpful.