Thursday, May 24, 2018 by Rhonda Johansson
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder wherein people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, images, feelings, and sensations and feel compelled to engage in repetitive behaviors in response to these thoughts or obsessions. Typically the person does these behaviors to reduce the impact of these obsessive thoughts; although the relief is only temporary. Those diagnosed with OCD often need to perform rituals to limit their anxiety.
OCD can be accompanied by other anxiety disorders and mental disturbances such as depression and eating challenges. Research suggests that the condition manifests itself early in childhood or adolescence and that it may run in families.
The mental disorder can become so severe that time-consuming rituals may make it impossible for patients to have proper relationships. It may also cause them to lose their autonomy and financial independence.
The course of OCD is varied; symptoms may come and go, or ease or worsen over time.
Those diagnosed with the condition have a higher risk of alcohol or drug dependence.
Patients diagnosed with the condition exhibit the following symptoms:
The condition itself is not harmful; although a patient may be at an increased risk of danger because of the compulsion to engage in behavior that may be risky – depending on the obsessive thoughts compelling the individual.
Studies have shown that OCD patients have a higher risk of substance abuse, which may cause physical disturbances such as a weakened immune system and some brain problems.
There is also a social aspect to OCD. Patients with severe forms of the disease typically have few friends; it is difficult for them to communicate with other people and their rituals may be perceived as odd by the public.
Medical science still does not understand what causes mental disorders in general. This is particularly true for OCD where the general school of thought is that the condition is genetic. That being said, there are no food items known to prevent it.
There are, however, some general diet and lifestyle guidelines that may help ease the severity of the condition. These include:
OCD is usually treated with a variety of prescription medicines ranging from anti-anxiety pills to antidepressants, depending on the symptoms manifested by each patient.
In terms of management, OCD patients are encouraged to exercise regularly and follow a proper diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables.
Obsessive compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder wherein a person has repeated thoughts that compel him to engage in repetitive behavior in response to them.
The condition runs in families and is thought to be a genetic disease.
Management plans of OCD focus on engaging in proper lifestyle habits such as exercising regularly and eating correctly.
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