Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the most common psychiatric illnesses that exist. People who suffer from this disorder are characterized by obsessive thinking that generates anxiety , fear and restlessness, as well as a multitude of manias that will condition your way of living life as well as interpersonal relationships.
Thus, if you are a person who suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, you will have repeated thoughts and obsessions that will lead you to do the same thing over and over again to try to make the thoughts disappear (compulsions). If OCD is not treated, you can lose control of your life because from that moment it will be this disease that will take the reins. In Bekia we tell you more about this disorder, its main characteristics and its symptoms.
OCD begins in childhood or adolescence
OCD is a progressive disorder, that is, it develops as the years go by and the person undergoes constant changes throughout their life cycle. However, it can also appear suddenly due to a specific situation that acts as a trigger. Thus, symptoms can appear at any age and can lead to significant disability .
Thus, the specific cause is not known, but we do know that some factors can considerably influence suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder such as the family history of OCD and the type of family in which the person has developed (we do not refer to to the fact that it is a single parent family or a nuclear family, among other multiple types of family, but to how your parents have behaved with you).
OCD is a chronic disease, that is, its curability is very difficult, although improvements do occur in most cases. Only 20% of people with OCD have completely overcome the disorder . Many studies show that a rigid education received by your parents in childhood has a considerable influence on the appearance of this disorder, that is, there may be a direct relationship between the treatment you have had with your parents and the fact of suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Impulsive thoughts can be of various types. In the first place, the impulses can be aggressive and this causes the appearance of an irrational fear of the person with OCD for thinking that they can harm a loved one.
Another manifestation of OCD can be the fear or phobia of being contaminated by something they have touched or if they are touched by anyone else. In addition, they are very obsessive about order , cleanliness and are constantly checking everything they do to prevent any type of problem from arising.
An example of this is, for example, when they lock the door and go back up to their house to check that they have done it correctly. What all these characteristics have in common is that they are manias that you may have if you suffer from this disorder, manias which will dominate and condition your lifestyle.
Thus, people with OCD are characterized by seeking perfection at all times, which causes tension and discomfort if they perceive that something may be imperfectly. If you are a person with OCD, you yourself will know that you are impulsive and you will be afraid of losing control at certain times, especially in areas such as sexual and religious.
You also tend to constantly have doubts about the future or existence and you have the need to count numerically everything that you obsess over, such as streets, cars, windows, traffic lights, etc. OCD is a disorder that cannot be prevented, the only existing solution is to treat the disease with therapies and their respective medications to make it not go away, and to be able to reduce these manias as much as possible.