Tag: OCD

Take an OCD Self Test

1. Do you suffer from recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are disturbing, intrusive, and inappropriate, and which result in marked anxiety or distress? 2. Are these thoughts and worries more than just excessive worries about real life events or problems? 3. Do you attempt to ignore or suppress the thoughts, impulses, or images, or neutralize them with another thought or action? 4. Do you recognize that these events are coming from your own mind? 5. Do these obsessions cause marked distress, and…

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OCD Medication and Side Effects

The medications used for OCD fall into four categories: Anti-depressants that primarily affect serotonin (see section on Depression for list of medications and side effects) Anti-psychotics that affect serotonin and dopamine (see table in section on bipolar disorder for list of the anti-psychotics. The most commonly used are Rispiridone and Seroquel) Anti-anxiety medications (benzodiazepines)-see section on anxiety for list of anti-anxiety medications. Clonazepam is most commonly used. Anti-consultants (Depakote)-see medication section on Bipolar Disorder for a thorough discussion of this medication These medications all have…

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Famous People With OCD

As with bipolar disorder there are numerous famous people who had obsessive compulsive disorder including the famous Howard Hughes (one of the wealthiest people in the world), Donald Trump (germ phobia), Caermon Diaz (washing hands, rubbing door knobs to clean them), Leonardo DiCaprio (walking through doorways several times), Michael Jackson (body dysmorphic disorder), Howard Stern, Ludwig Van Beethoven, possibly Charles Darwin (originator of the theory of evolution), Albert Einstein, Michaelangelo, Charlie Sheen, David Beckham (cleanliness and perfection),Ian Puleston-Davies (germs, couldn’t go out for lunch with…

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OCD in Children

While OCD is reported to occur in children at a rate of 1%, it seems much more prevalent, particularly if one includes the OCD spectrum disorders mentioned above. These children suffer from the same symptoms as adults, getting preoccupied with germs, bad thoughts (e.g., a parents death), rituals (e.g., perfect handwriting, counting rituals), and as they move into adolescence are more likely to exhibit eating disorders and addictive disorders. It can be quite disturbing and become associated with depression, social withdrawal, and poor grades. Given…

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OCD Symptoms

The person with OCD suffers from obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are disturbing, intrusive, and inappropriate, and which result in marked anxiety or distress. These thoughts and worries are not simply excessive worries about real life events or problems. You might attempt to ignore or suppress the thoughts, impulses, or images, or neutralize them with another thought or action, but recognize that these events are coming from your own mind. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors (such as germ…

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

The hallmark of OCD is recurrent obsessions (unwanted intrusive thoughts) and/or compulsions (unwarranted repetitive behaviors), which are distressing, consume considerable time, and interfere with normal functioning. The obsessions are disturbing to the person and the compulsions, when resisted lead to a rising tide of anxiety, which is alleviated by performing the resisted behavior. Some researchers talk about an OCD spectrum encompassing, Tourette’s syndrome, eating disorders, compulsive-addictive behaviors (drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling), body dysmorphic disorder, hypochondria, trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling), phobia, social anxiety, and olfactory reference…

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