OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
 

Am I Crazy in Love or Just Crazy?

It is absolutely normal for people in love to think about each other; long to be together and even have lustful feelings. However, when these thoughts interrupt daily life, or become obsessive to the point where you have the urge to do inappropriate or absurd things, the problem will probably need to be addressed.

There is a shocking similarity between those people who claim to be in love and those who have obsessive compulsive disorder.  In fact, recent research has shown that the brain behavior is nearly the same because it all is on a chemical level.  Researchers have found that individuals that are in love have lower serotonin levels in their blood, a similarity that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, otherwise known as OCD can relate to too well.   So, how do you know if you are truly in love or just crazy?  How do you know if you have a healthy desire or a "sick" obsession?  This article will help you figure out. 

It is absolutely normal for people in love to think about each other; long to be together and even have lustful feelings.  However, when these thoughts interrupt daily life, or become obsessive to the point where you have the urge to do inappropriate or absurd things, the problem will probably need to be addressed.  For example, if you find yourself stalking your partner, or showing up at all hours of the night just to see what he or she is up to, that is a big red flag.  People with obsessive compulsive disorder will constantly be thinking the same thoughts over and over in their head, no matter how illogical they really are.  If you find yourself doing this, get help, it will be necessary to salvage a true relationship. 

Remember, the initial "love" feelings are usually temporary.  If you find that your thoughts and feelings change over the short term, OCD may not be the issue.  In other words, if you are able to stabilize your feelings, they may just be genuine.  If you find that no matter what you do, you can't make the thoughts go away, even when you want to, the chemicals in your brain may be to blame. 

Causes Of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

If your first thought is to run to a psychiatrist, you will probably be pushed toward taking a prescription psychiatric drug such as Prozac, or one of the numerous other SSRI drugs. However, if you want to know what your alternative treatment options are before you commit to taking such a drug, consult your closest Naturopath or alternative healthcare professional. The first objective of most alternative treatment plans for OCD is to balance serotonin levels in the brain, thus reducing or eliminating symptoms of the disorder. Having proper serotonin levels is absolutely vital to regulating mood, sleep, sex drive, energy, concentration and even appetite. By regulating serotonin levels naturally, you do not strictly cover or mask symptoms; you get to the root of the problem. History Of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Next time you find yourself alone with your partner, pay attention to yourself.  Do you constantly go over the same thoughts in your head when you are with them?  Do you compulsively ask yourself anything like, am I making him happy enough?  Sometimes obsessive compulsive individuals will even advert themselves from a conversation unknowingly because they are too caught up "checking" things out in their head.  Say for example, you made a nice dinner for your beloved and you of course, want to make sure everything is perfect.  So, in your mind you look around your home, the kitchen table, the food or whatever it may be, and go over the same thing in your head, checking to make sure everything is perfect.  People with OCD can relate to this feeling and it can be overwhelming because you feel like it never is good enough, even though everything is exactly how you want it. 

When it comes down to it, whether or not you are truly crazy in love or crazy really doesn't matter when it comes to maintaining a relationship.  Either way, you do not want to come across as crazy. 

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