Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Understanding OCD patients

Kourosh Ziabari - Sometimes, you might think that they’re intentionally bothering you by asking a single question tens of times or calling your cell phone indefatigably while you’re attending a crucial meeting in the headquarters of your company. You may also feel that they’re advertently aware of what they’re doing while they try to infer from the past years the details of an incident which you both equally dislike to speak about. You may get angry at them when they incessantly state a single sentence which you estimate you’ve heard three thousands times before; however, it may be difficult for you to believe that it’s not in their personality to disturb you and make you irritated at the things which you try to evade. It’s not their intention to do such a thing. They’re compulsively bound to do it. Just think of a minimum possibility that they’re suffering from OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

The 21st century is no longer the age of diabetes, hepatitis, tuberculosis, influenza or typhoid. The communications era has brought into light a new generation of diseases which the early man was ignorantly unable to diagnose and cure.

With an iconic representation of frequent hand-washing, OCD is one of the most paralyzing mental disorders which is mainly diagnosable in the young adults older than 18. According to the U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates by Demographic Characteristics, Approximately 2.2 million American adults aged 18 and older, or about 1.0 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have OCD.
OCD is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive, ritualized behaviors (compulsions). The indications of OCD are so complicated and intricate that may be conflated with those of anticipatory anxiety. The regular symptoms of OCD include, but not limited to, repeated counting, checking, washing, regulating, ordering, and asking. OCD patients are also sometimes diagnosed with the symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder and social anxiety disorder.

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