Dr. Laurer – Psy 101
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder that causes a person to have unwanted repetitive thoughts and cause people to do repetitive things. (OCD) causes the brain to get stuck on a particular thought or urge. Some symptoms for obsessive thoughts could be, the Fear of losing or not having things you might need for an event, Fear of being contaminated by germs or dirt or contaminating others. Some compulsive behavior symptoms can be, excessive double-checking of things like, appliances, and switches. Counting, tapping, repeating certain words, or doing other mean less things to reduce their anxiety. There are only a few known causes for (OCD), one theory is that the brain has a low level of serotonin. Serotonin is chemical in the brain that sends messages. It has been found that when people with (OCD) take serotonin they see less (OCD) symptoms. (OCD) could be caused by the environment in which one lives in and creates habits they cannot get away from. Treatment for (OCD) can involve family therapy to help treat a loved one, or group therapy so a group of people with (OCD) can offer encouragement and not make a person feel so isolated. There are no known ways to prevent (OCD) but if you can find out early that you might be developing the disorder you could then potently stop it yourself. When recovering from (OCD) you should reach out to your family and friends along with support groups to keep you from relapsing the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.