Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
OCD commonly causes the sufferer to become obsessed with and carry out ritualistic actions such as checking, hand washing, cleaning or repetition. This condition can not be seperated from anxiety disorder because without anxiety, the fear of the consequences of NOT carrying out the ritual would not be apparent.
Obsessions affect anxiety sufferers in many varying ways. Some people may experience obsessional thought patterns about violence or sex perhaps, other might wash their hands repeatedly or worry about themselves or family inappropriately... the range and subject matter of thought patterns associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anxiety are so vast that virtually anything can be the target of the obsessions.
Obsessional behaviour is apparent in all humans, it's what makes us fall in love or enjoy a hobby for example, however, when this becomes fuelled by inappropriate anxiety it becomes a disorder, intrusive, inappropriate and damaging.
Reversing the onset of OCD is actually fairly simple to do in principal. Removal of the fear mechanism should, theoretically eliminate the need to carry out rituals, and it does, but removing the anxious response which causes it is only possible through a targeted and regualr, informative, supportive and structured anxiety reduction and elimination methodology.
Who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Anyone and everyone who experiences high anxiety can develop OCD. It's indescriminate and sometimes difficult to diagnose because obsessive behaviour is so evident in even well people.
There are 3.3 million american sufferers with OCD and that figure is mirrored across the UK and the rest of the world, and they are just the ones who are diagnosed with a OCD as a seperate condition, those for whom obsessive behaviour forms part of an anxiety disorder are not counted in those statistics.
OCD is NOT a seperate disorder, it CAN NOT exist without anxiety at its root.