Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a symptom of an anxiety disorder and has two main parts: obsessions and compulsions.
- Obsessions are unwelcome or intrusive thoughts, worries or doubts that appear frequently in your mind.
- Compulsions are the repetitive activities that you do to reduce the anxiety caused by the obsessions.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can present itself in many ways and the obsessive thoughts and compulsions differ from person to person. Health anxiety is a form of OCD whereby the sufferer constantly obsesses over their health. They experience intrusive thoughts about contracting various deadly diseases or dying suddenly from a heart attack or stroke. The sufferer then acts out compulsions to reduce the obsessions. For example avoiding exercise to prevent a heart attack or washing their hands frequently to avoid infections.
What is important to remember though is that without an underlying anxiety disorder OCD cannot exist. It is the underlying anxiety disorder that is responsible for the obsessions and intrusive thoughts and by treating the anxiety the OCD is removed with it.
The good news is that if you think you are suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or you know someone who is, the condition is completely treatable. By following The Panic Shutdown Method people suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can make a full recovery very quickly.
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