OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
 

The Truth about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

In many ways, people that suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder are like Feng Shui followers. The difference is that people with OCD seek peace and contentment with where they are and what they are doing; feng shui followers seek good luck and prosperity.


If you are not familiar with obsessive compulsive disorder, you surely do not understand the complexity of it.  It is characterized as an anxiety disorder that manifests itself as the presence of persistent and obsessive ideas, thoughts, and images. Unfortunately, these obsessive ideas, thoughts and images will eventually lead to haywire impulses and irrational behaviors.   Currently it is estimated that over 5 million people in the United States suffer from this mental disorder and the figures go up each year. 
A reality of many OCD sufferers is that they have the hardest time doing the simplest of activities in day to day life.  In other words, they have to check and recheck and recheck again, the same objects day in and day out.  Take for example when someone with OCD leaves a room.  They cannot simply leave the room and shut the door, they must look back to make sure everything is exactly they way they envision it.  The looking back then turns into re-straightening objects, rechecking door locks, and the list goes on.  There is no peace of mind, which is ironically exactly what they seek.
 
In many ways, people that suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder are like Feng Shui followers.  The difference is that people with OCD seek peace and contentment with where they are and what they are doing; feng shui followers seek good luck and prosperity.  The resemblance however is that no matter if you have OCD or practice feng shui, daily habits turn into rituals that just happen.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder In Children

OCD behaviors come in many forms, all of which are just a little different but can have the same paralyzing affects. The fear of not having everything clean is probably the most common form, or at least the most heard about form of this disorder. People with this form of OCD live with the fear that they are vulnerable to everything and if things are not perfectly clean, they will become sick with the next sickness or disease. They are very paranoid and easily upset if someone that is "unclean" touches them or their belongings. The checker, as it is sometimes called, has to check and recheck everything that they do, sometimes even what they say. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 
What many people may not realize about OCD is that it is extremely tiring, both in body and mind.  Because of the constant brain activity throughout the day, people with OCD can find themselves walking zombies half the time.  Sometimes people with OCD appear to have other problems rather than just OCD.  This is probably because many OCD sufferers appear to be in their own world most of the time or are seen demonstrating irrational behaviors out in public.  OCD sufferers have the busiest minds in the world, and to them no matter what they do their mind won't slow down.
 
I once heard the saying that OCD murders the mind.  That is very alarming.  Sufferers with OCD tell stories of how torturous the repetitive, compulsive thoughts are.  They often admit that suicidal thoughts and thoughts of hurting others are often very real and a very scary reality.  Sufferers become trapped in a world where they feel they have no escape and where the outside world thinks they are crazy.   Most admit that the onset started in their teens, sometimes even as early as preschool.   


The truth of the matter is that all people with OCD are different, but they all battle the same enemy, obsessive thinking.  No matter if you have the checking mentality, a cleanliness obsession, the hoarding mentality or a out of control neat freak, the reality is that you can drive yourself crazy just living your day to day life.  

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