It’s normal, on occasion, to go back and double-check that the iron is unplugged or your car is locked. But if you suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors become so excessive they interfere with your daily life. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to shake them. But cure is available in homeopathy. With treatment and self-help strategies, you can break free of the unwanted thoughts and irrational urges and take back control of your life.

OCD

What is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and repetitive, ritualized behaviors you feel compelled to perform. If you have OCD, you probably recognize that your obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors are irrational but even so, you feel unable to resist them and break free. Like a needle getting stuck on an old record, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) causes the brain to get stuck on a particular thought or urge.

For example, you may check the door lock 20 times to make sure it’s really locked, or wash your hands until they’re scrubbed raw.

Understanding OCD obsessions and compulsions:

Most people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) fall into one of the following categories:

  • Washers are afraid of contamination. They usually have cleaning or hand washing compulsions.
  • Checkers repeatedly check things (oven turned off, door locked, etc.) that they associate with harm or danger.
  • Doubters and sinners are afraid that if everything isn’t perfect or done just right something terrible will happen, or they will be punished.
  • Counters and arrangers are obsessed with order and symmetry. They may have superstitions about certain numbers, colors, or arrangements.
  • Hoarders/saver fear that something bad will happen if they throw anything away. They compulsively hoard things that they don’t need or use.

Signs and symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD):

Most people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) have both obsessions and compulsions, but some people experience just one or the other.

1) Common Obsessive Thoughts:

Common obsessive thoughts in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) include:

  1. Fear of being contaminated by germs or dirt or contaminating others
  2. Fear of causing harm to yourself or others
  3. Intrusive sexually explicit or violent thoughts and images
  4. Excessive focus on religious or moral ideas
  5. Fear of losing or not having things you might need
  6. Order and symmetry: the idea that everything must line up “just right”
  7. Superstitions; excessive attention to something considered lucky or unlucky

2) Common Compulsive Behaviors:

Common compulsive behaviors in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) include:

  1. Excessive double-checking of things, such as locks, appliances, and switches
  2. Repeatedly checking in on loved ones to make sure they’re safe
  3. Counting, tapping, repeating certain words, or doing other senseless things to reduce anxiety
  4. Spending a lot of time washing or cleaning
  5. Ordering or arranging things “just so”
  6. Praying excessively or engaging in rituals triggered by religious fear
  7. Accumulating “junk” such as old newspapers or empty food containers

3) Common Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Symptoms in Children:

While the onset of obsessive compulsive disorder usually occurs during adolescence or young adulthood, younger children sometimes have symptoms that look like OCD. However, the symptoms of other disorders, such as ADD, autism, and Torture’s syndrome, can also look like obsessive compulsive disorder, so a thorough medical and psychological exam is essential before any diagnosis is made.

Diagnostic Criteria of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD):

To meet the criteria for obsessive compulsive disorder OCD, the individual must have obsessions or compulsions, or both.

Obsessions:

  1. Recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges, or impulses, that are experienced at some time during the disturbance as intrusive and unwanted, and often cause anxiety.
  2. The individual attempts to ignore or suppress these thoughts, urges, or images, or to neutralize them with another thought or action.

Compulsions:

  1. Repetitive behaviors or mental acts that an individual feels driven to perform in response to their obsessions or in accordance with a rigid set of rules. These can include hand-washing, checking (such as repeatedly checking that a door is locked), counting, or repeating words silently.
  2. The behaviors are intended to reduce anxiety, distress, or some dreaded event. However, the compulsive behaviors are not realistically connected to what the are trying to prevent, or they are excessive.

Tips for helping a friend/family member with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD):

The way you react to a loved one’s obsessive compulsive disorder OCD symptoms can have a big impact.

  • Negative comments or criticism can make OCD worse, while a calm, supportive environment can help improve the outcome of treatment. Focus on the sufferer’s positive qualities and avoid making personal criticisms.
  • Don’t scold someone with OCD or tell the person to stop performing rituals. They can’t comply, and the pressure to stop will only make the behaviors worse. Remember, your loved one’s OCD behaviors are symptoms, not character flaws.
  • Be as kind and patient as possible. Each sufferer needs to overcome problems at their own pace. Praise any successful attempt to resist OCD, and focus attention on positive elements in the person’s life.
  • Do not play along with your loved one’s OCD rituals. Helping the sufferer with rituals will only reinforce the behavior. Support the person, not their rituals.
  • Create a pact to not allow OCD to take over family life. Sit down as a family and decide how you will work together to tackle your loved one’s OCD symptoms. Try to keep family life as normal as possible and the home a low-stress environment.
  • Communicate positively, directly and clearly. Communication is important so you can find a balance between standing up to the OCD and not further distressing your loved one.
  • Find the humor. Seeing the humor and absurdity in some OCD symptoms can help the sufferer become more detached from the disorder. Of course, a situation is only humorous if the sufferer finds it funny, too.

Homeopathic Approach To Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD):

Homeopathy treats the person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. The homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case-analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution etc.

A miasmatic tendency (predisposition/susceptibility) is also often taken into account for the treatment of chronic conditions. The medicines given below indicate the therapeutic affinity but this is not a complete and definite guide to the treatment of this condition. The symptoms listed against each medicine may not be directly related to this disease because in homeopathy general symptoms and constitutional indications are also taken into account for selecting a remedy. To study any of the following remedies in more detail, please visit our Materia Medica section. None of these medicines should be taken without professional advice.

When other systems of medicine fail to work effectively, and if you want to live with natural, safe, gentle, non-toxic, effective and rapid acting medicines, to relieve the symptoms of sexual dysfunction, to experience substantial improvement in your outlook and quality of life consider Homeopathy.

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