Mano Charchae with Dr. Vijay Kumar: OCD Can Affect a Person’s Daily Functionality

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health issue. Today, people have become more and more aware of this condition, but in spite of that, more awareness is needed as it is a condition that affects persons of all genders and of all ages. At a younger age, boys have shown to be affected by it in more numbers, while among adults, the rate is split equally between men and women. The fact is that a person will rarely be able to figure out the condition until the symptoms become severe.

Persons with OCD often show behavioural patterns like a struggle with continuous thoughts of the same matter. Symptoms can also include a habit of washing hands more times than is necessary, thinking that the hands are dirty at the slightest touch. Some persons may start thinking that if they touch anything, it can lead to an infection or a disease, and that could spread to others, like their child. Persons with OCD may have calloused palms due to constant washing. This can be a sign of severe OCD.

To spot OCD behaviour, look out for symptoms like checking of the lock of a house many times after locking, repeatedly checking of the gas stove, if it is off, at night, checking of the car lock a number of times, etc. OCD sufferers get angry at everything and tense up if anyone makes them wait longer than necessary. These persons like to keep their things in the same place always; if the places are shifted or changed, they tend to get very angry.

OCD sufferers can also be stuck with persistent thoughts of and about sex, projecting their compulsions on often inappropriate people. Some persons get scared while driving, fearing accidents, or retain great fear of falling from heights. These fears and preoccupations can me a person lose focus and unable to function on a day to day basis.

OCD is a genetic disorder, but there are also other reasons for it, including variations in the chemical composition of the brain, especially of serotonin. Brain infections during childhood can also lead to the development of OCD.

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