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Help for Those with OCD!
Living with OCD is an everyday
battle but there’s hope.
By Lara Davis
waking up in the morning, lying in bed, ready to start
your day, when without notice you have an overwhelming
urge to count to twenty-two before your feet hit the
floor. If you don’t complete this task, you are
convinced something bad will happen to your mom. This
ritual takes about forty-five minutes because something
interrupted you and now you have to start over again,
Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder fueled
by obsessions – recurrent and unwanted thoughts,
and compulsions - repetitive behaviors, which are performed
to discount the thoughts or make them go away. Counting,
checking, cleaning, hoarding, touching and hand-washing
are all familiar behaviors seen with OCD.
have OCD;” the phrase is so casually used. One
might think they have it if they frequently think they
forgot to lock the door and so they have to drive back
home to check. This is not OCD. People who suffer from
OCD experience exaggerated and highly distressing thoughts.
One with OCD might agree that this disorder literally
runs their life. The obsessions and compulsions take
over in such a serious way that there is little to no
room for well-being and happiness.
for those who live with this everyday battle, there is
hope. Finding someone to talk to is essential. There
are professionals who are experienced with helping those
who suffer from OCD work through the anxiety and thoughts
prompting the obsessions and compulsions. And for those
with mild to severe symptoms, there are medications to
aid as well.
with OCD isn’t a death sentence. There are some
who will let it take over their lives and others who
seek to find the help to overcome. Living with OCD is
an everyday battle but sometimes just finding others
who can relate will be the jumpstart that leads them
to really start living, obsession and compulsion free.
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