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Most people use “OCD” as a term for being a “neat freak.” However, obsessive-compulsive disorder is so much more complex than that stereotype. Here are 6 things you need to know about OCD.
- The National Institute of Mental Health describes OCD as “a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.”
- OCD is not always centered around a compulsion for cleaning. Obsessions are unique and although cleaning can be an obsession it is not the only one. Conversely, there are plenty of people who like to keep their homes clean who do not necessarily have OCD.
- There is hope for people who suffer from OCD. It is a treatable condition. From exposure therapy to medication, there are options for those with OCD.
- Even when traditional therapy is ineffective, there are more options. Deep TMS or deep transcranial magnetic stimulation. Shown to decrease symptoms by up to 30%, “Deep TMS treatment involves sitting under a helmet that delivers electromagnetic pulses to specific parts of the brain that neuroscientists have been shown are associated with OCD.”
- Scientist and researchers are continuing to learn more and more about what exactly OCD is and what effective treatment looks like. Improving side effects and technology is helping the way those with OCD live and cope.
- Despite public perception, many people with OCD live happy lives. Especially when effective treatment is in place.
For more information on OCD, watch the MedCircle original series, Freedom from OCD with Dr. Yip. I’m Kyle Kittleson. Remember, whatever you’re going through - you got this!
Source: Psychology Today