Do you feel like doing the same thing over and over again? “What happened to that child? He washes his hands about 100 times a day”. Sometimes You may have said this or heard it. Really why do some people do the same thing over and over again? For example, something like hand washing. It is a mental illness. Do not be afraid, we will talk about it in this article.
What is OCD?This is actually a minor mental illness. In psychology, We call it obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). But, This condition directly affects the daily life of a human. The main symptoms of this condition are the tendency to do the same thing over and over again and the same thoughts to enter the mind again and again.
However, Thoughts that enter the mind of a person suffering from this condition are not pleasant. As a result, the patient suffers more and more because of those thoughts. The special thing is, No matter how much a person with this disease dislikes those thoughts, they are not able to get rid of those thoughts.
They are also tempted to check if the gas stove is turned off before going to bed, to check frequently if the power cord is off, and to check that the doors and windows are closed several times before going to bed at night. They are addicted to doing something every day. It varies from person to person. However, he fears that something bad will happen if he is not able to do what he is addicted to one day.
Also, thoughts come down to activating unnatural or violent ideas. And when he’s in a car, he feels like he’s jumping out of the car. Anti-religious thoughts come down when a person suffering from this disease goes to a religious place Is. It is also a feature that can be seen in these patients.
Another characteristic of them is that they are afraid of germs, so they think highly of cleanliness. Because of this, some patients reserve soap for bathing in various parts of the body before bathing and bathe until the soap is finished, so it takes about 3 hours for them to bathe. A number of other similar symptoms can be seen in a person with this mental illness. Maybe you have symptoms like this without even realizing it. However, if you have any of these symptoms, pay close attention to them.
Because of the disease gets worse, it will cause you a lot of trouble.
What Causes OCD?Genetic causes. That is, this mental illness may be inherited from your family. Your genes may have factors related to this disease. It can cause you to have this OCD condition. Because of a person’s behaviour pattern. It can also be caused by a person’s behaviour pattern from an early age. Simply put, some of your childhood behaviours can make you an OCD as you get older.
Because of other mental illnesses. If you have other mental illnesses, it can also cause OCD. For example, a person who has recovered from depression may be suffering from OCD.
So if you or your family or someone you know has this minor mental illness, you can take action to cure it. Here are the steps you can take to begin the process.
However, in today’s world, there is a cure for this so don’t worry unnecessarily. If you can identify the symptoms of this disease, it can be completely cured with the help of a psychiatrist.
- Special thanks,
- Nadeera Prashansani
- Psychological Counselor
- BA(Hons)Psychology (University of Kelaniya)