MENTAL HEALTH: The Unspoken Catastrophe
“I have OCD”, the television vocalized as you’re watching one of those True Lives type of T.V. shows. You know the kind: “Since this is only an hour long show and we want to include a variety of mental disorders (for inclusivevisual purposes only); we’re only going to illustrate one example of an entire mental health issue”.
And when it comes to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, it’s not always about having all your ducks in a row.
What Is OCD?
According to the American Psychiatric Association, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is dened as an anxiety disorder in which time people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions).
Orders Of OCD?
Checking | Washing | Symmetry | Cleaning | Repeating | Orderliness
Those are a few examples of the various types of OCD. However, many people aren’t aware that those who experience OCD can also have symptoms that co-exist with one another. For example: An individual can experience what we call HYPOCHONDRIASIS; which according to Harvard Health Publishing is a persistent fear of having a serious medical illness. A person with this disorder tends to interpret normal sensations, bodily functions and mild symptoms as a sign of an illness with a grim outcome. For example, a person may fear that the normal sounds of digestion, sweating or a mark on the skin may be a sign of a serious disease.
Remember… OCD is much more than keeping all your ducks in a row.
- OCD affects 2.2 million adults, or 1.0% of the U.S. population.
- OCD is equally common among men and women.
- The average age of onset is 19, with 25 percent of cases occurring by age 14. One-third of affected adults first experienced symptoms in childhood.