Natural Way To Heal Obsessive Compulsive Disorder…

Natural Treatment Plan for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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While the phrase, “don’t be so OCD,” gets thrown around in everyday conversation, many forget that it’s a serious disorder that affects many more than one would think. Approximately 2–3 percent of the adult population in the U.S has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), an anxiety disorder that is characterized by unwanted fears, obsessions and beliefs that drive compulsive behaviors. (1)

What sets apart OCD from having normal “habits” or rituals? Generally a loss of control and obsessiveness, which leads to repeated, irrational behaviors (called compulsions). OCD is a common disorder that affects both adults and children/adolescents, usually being diagnosed around the age of 19 and lasting for years if left untreated.

Estimates show that less than 10 percent of those suffering from OCD are currently in treatment — and many will go decades without telling anyone about their symptoms, hiding it from family and friends. Many people with OCD experience reoccurring, unwanted thoughts, mental images and “voices inside their head” telling them they must act out of certain compulsions, otherwise something bad is going to happen.

People with OCD are often fearful, and despite continuing to hold up certain behaviors over and over again, these behaviors usually bring little happiness. In fact, people suffering from OCD are much more likely to have depression and general anxiety, addictions and other types of mental problems.

A compulsion is considered a type of ritual that is driven by any sort of obsession — for example, the compulsion to continuously check things around the home, complete tasks in a certain order, or uphold a certain level of unnecessary cleanliness. The underlying reason that compulsions are performed is because they provide a temporary sense of relief and feel reassuring in the face of anxiety. This is the same reason that most healthy adults and children establish routines and have habits in general: They are READ MORE:

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