When individuals think they have OCD they could be right or they could be wrong. There are a lot of symptoms for this disorder that could be signs of other things. It’s important for people to see a doctor so they can take an OCD test to find out whether or not this is a disorder they likely have. There are also quizzes available online that can be done from the comfort of home. These should not be replacements for medical advice, but they can help individuals determine if they need professional attention.
If you think that, there is a possibility you may be suffering from OCD you should make a plan to consult with a professional psychiatrist. One of the treatments that is available is CBT (Cognitive-Behavioural-Therapy), this is favoured by most people as there is no use of any medication required, which means fewer risks are involved. Medication is the second step, but only if the first step has not worked for you, as some of the medication used is very powerful, antidepressants and antipsychotics are used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder and along with this, there are some side effects. This is where seeing a licensed mental health therapist is crucial to the recovery procedure.
The big question is how to distinguish from someone who is crazy about say collecting stamps or coins over someone who thinks that collecting newspapers is their hobby. Actually trying to find out where to draw the line is very difficult to do between eccentric or harmless behaviour. This is why it is so important to get a proper assessment from licensed psychiatrist. Many people are worried about this, as they seem to think that medication is the only answer, but I have found that in most cases it is not even included in the treatment plan, there are so many different options to try before going down this route, such as cognitive behavioural therapy.Hypnosis is a very popular treatment for helping people who suffer from OCD. There are indeed many benefits individual hypnosis can do for a person, especially when a person is determined to see things to the very end or committed to do things that he believes he can, then the possibilities are endless. Hypnosis has seen excellent results in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder, but to get the full benefit from it you have to see it through to the end.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is one useful technique for dealing with OCD, and is also generally a good first choice for most people as it doesn’t require medicine and hence has much fewer risks associated with it. Medicine is also an important treatment technique for many people, but should never be considered for a first treatment option. Generally the kinds of medications that are prescribed for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder are powerful anti-depressants and anti-psychotics that can be accompanied by fairly serious side-effects. This is where seeing a licensed mental-health therapist becomes crucial to the recovery process.
It is common for people with an autism spectrum disorder to also display repetitive behaviors and have repetitive thoughts, comparable to those who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is a condition that generally makes sufferers feel uncomfortable with their symptoms, and wish that they could get rid of them. On the other hand children with autism are usually unconcerned with their various obsessions or behaviors and may even see them as comforting, increasing the frequency during stressful situations as a calming mechanism.
There are two possible treatments for autism and OCD-like behaviors: behavioral therapy, and medication. Frequently, these two forms of therapy are prescribed together.The most common kind of medication prescribed for treating OCD behaviors in autistic individuals are SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). SSRIs are antidepressant medications that have also shown to be helpful in reducing OCD behaviors. However, they can come with some serious side effects including an increased risk of suicide. Parents’ whose children are on SSRIs should monitor behaviors closely and report anything out of the ordinary to a medical professional.
Behavioral therapy can be another way to reduce repetitive behaviors, however there is not one treatment that has been found to be consistently effective for all cases of autism. This is due to the fact that no two cases of autism are exactly the same.
Despite the person’s realizing that these thoughts are irrational, these thoughts are irresistible to the person affected by the OCD.The diagnosis of OCD has been described in medicine for more than 100 years. OCD occurs fairly equally among people, regardless of culture. The largest onset group by age is typically 15-24 years old however OCD can be triggered at almost any age. Individuals with OCD are more likely to also develop an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia, or other behavioral concerns such as depression.While there is no known specific cause for OCD, family history and bio-neurological disorder in the brain are thought to be factors in who will get the illness. People who have relatives with OCD are generally at a somewhat higher risk of developing the disorder themselves. It is thought that an imbalance of the chemical serotonin in the brain may also contribute to the development of OCD. 50-60% of those who reported having OCD stated a stress event was occurring or had occurred around the time of onset, and almost all state that stress increases the symptoms of OCD.
Some practitioners will administer a self-test of screening questions commonly called a Y-BOCS test to individuals whom they suspect may be suffering from OCD. In addition, mental-health professionals will explore the possibility that the individual’s symptoms are caused by another emotional illness instead of or in addition to OCD. A classic example is people with an addiction often have obsessions or compulsions, but those symptom characteristics generally only involve the object of the addiction. The practitioner will also likely ensure that a physical examination and any other appropriate tests have been done recently to explore whether there is any medical problem that could be contributing to the signs or symptoms of OCD.Most individuals with OCD experience some symptoms of the disorder indefinitely, with times of improvement alternating with times of difficulty. However, the prognosis is most favorable for OCD sufferers who have milder symptoms that last for less time and who have no other problems before developing this illness.
While autism and OCD can occur in the same individual, it is much more common for children with autism to simply display behaviors that are similar to those of OCD, but that are in fact a part of their autism symptoms and not a separate case of obsessive compulsive disorder. Nonetheless, it is believed that autism and OCD based repetitive thoughts and behaviors are quite similar in the early stages of development, but become dissimilar over time as they often serve different functions within the two disorders.Dealing with autism and OCD at an early age should be prioritized to ensure that regular childhood and life experiences such as early education occurs more smoothly. The fewer obsessive-compulsive symptoms a child with autism has generally, the more positive their educational and life experiences will be.If you believe your child is suffering from OCD contact your doctor to discuss diagnosis and treatment options.