It strikes men and women in equal numbers and affects about 1 in every 50 people.
Obsessions are involuntary and seemingly uncontrollable thoughts or impulses that occur repeatedly in one’s mind. Usually the affected person does not want to have these ideas but is unable to stop them. Such obsessive thoughts are often disturbing and distracting for the patient.
Compulsions are behaviors or rituals that one feels driven to perform again and again. Compulsions are usually performed in an attempt to make escape from obsessions. However, this never really happens and the obsessive thoughts usually come back stronger. This vicious cycle continues.
Obsessions and compulsions can be of various types. Some of which include-
► Checking things repeatedly.
► Excessive fear of contamination due to germs, thereby leading to repeated washing of hands to keep them clean.
► Repeated counting of things.
► Compulsive accumulation of things, which are of no use.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is treated with medications and cognitive behavioral therapy. If unchecked, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can lead to a very difficult family and work environment for the patient. It can also lead to severe mental depression.
Latest Publications and Research on Obsessive Compulsive DisorderWidespread structural brain changes in OCD: A systematic review of voxel-based morphometry studies. - Published by PubMed
Quality of Life in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Impact of the Disorder and of Treatment. - Published by PubMed
The psychosocial impact of an activity holiday for young children with severe food allergy: a longitudinal study. - Published by PubMed
Predictive Value of Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms Involving the Skin on Quality of Life in Patients with Acne Vulgaris. - Published by PubMed
Children and adolescents with Tourette's disorder in the USA versus Argentina: behavioral differences may reflect cultural factors. - Published by PubMed