Mental Health Monday: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Hello, friends! I know it’s been a while, but I just wanted to take some time off for vacation and getting ready to head to college in FIVE days! So exciting!
Anyway, I’m back and ready to share another Mental Health Monday with you. Today’s topic is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, otherwise known as OCD.



WHAT IS OCD?


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is defined as a type of anxiety disorder that produces unreasonable thoughts and behaviors that lead to compulsive behavior(s). ODC is commonly displayed through a fear of germs or a need to keep everything organized in a specific manner. The symptoms for OCD begin gradually and can vary in the different parts of life.

SYMPTOMS


The symptoms for OCD include:

  • Compulsive behavior
  • Compulsive hoarding
  • Repetitive movements
  • Social isolation
  • Impulsivity
  • Meaningless repetition of words
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Fear
  • Nightmares
  • Repeatedly going over thoughts


TREATMENT


Treatments for OCD include talk therapy, medications, or a mixture of both. Types of talk therapy include support groups, psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and exposure and response prevention

A NOTE FROM ME


If you are displaying one or several of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about it and talk to them about what time of therapy is right for you. I know OCD can be scary and it seems like you can’t control what’s going on, but just know you aren’t alone, and if you need to talk to someone, my email is always open.

Have a lovely day, and don’t forget to fill your cup :)

Hannah

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