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In order to be very successful, your obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment has to deal directly with the frequency of your repeated behaviors and thoughts. As you already know, I consider it to be normal to engage in some behaviors periodically, the number of similar thoughts and behaviors determines if you have OCD or not.

If you suffer from OCD, you often feel hopeless and helpless. However, there are many treatments and self-help therapies that can reduce the severity of this condition.

In this section, I will go over the topics that are as follow:

What is OCD?

Obsessions and compulsions

Symptoms

Therapy

Self-help

Helping your loved one

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

As I already stated on the site, I began to check whether I turned off the light or not several times in high school. At that point of time, I did not think too much about it. I was 17 years old and did not know anything about this condition. I believed I got some relief from my anxiety symptoms temporarily by engaging in these behaviors. Unfortunately, my obsessive behaviors began to take more of my time. The next thing I knew I was checking my stove and my door repeatedly. At school, I could not check anything. Thus, my anxiety was worse than it was when I was at home. Eventually, my obsessive behaviors stopped providing any relief from my anxiety symptoms. As a matter of fact, they became a part of my anxiety.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that consists of repetition in thoughts and behaviors you feel you have to do. If you have OCD, you probably acknowledge the fact you have a problem. However, you might feel you are completely powerless to do anything about it.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) means your brain is constantly stuck on some thought or behavior. In my case, I checked my light several times at first. Then, four or five times of light checking was my "norm." These obsessive behaviors progressed to different things, such as checking my door and my stove.

Understanding OCD You need to understand you did not do anything to cause this condition. This condition is involuntary and uncontrollable. In another words, there is nothing you could have done to prevent it. People often blame themselves for something they have not created it.

Compulsions are involuntary behaviors and rituals you feel you have to do them repeatedly. Why do you do them? I believe you do them initially to relieve your anxiety. Then, these behaviors simply become automatic. In fact, you find they stopped relieving your anxiety and begin to cause more pain in your life.

Many people with obsessive-compulsive disorder are engaged in following behaviors:

Hand washing... is probably the most common form of OCD. Typically, you see this form of this condition in the movies. However, it needs to be pointed out that this form of OCD is not the only OCD one will encounter.

Checking... is something I had. It can be checking your door, stove, windows or your lights. I engaged in several of those behaviors.

Counting... is something I came across in many other people. They feel they need to count numbers. I think they do it, again, to relieve their underlying anxiety.

and... there could be many other obsessive behaviors and thoughts as well.

Also, remember some people with obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors still are able to live normal lives. It means their disorder is not severe enough to cause any significant disruption in their daily life. A person has a full blown OCD when its symptoms are severe enough to cause significant distress. Nevertheless, I believe people should start seeking help when they become aware of any abnormalities in their behaviors or thoughts.

Signs and symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Many people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have one component of this condition. They tend to believe their condition is not severe enough because of it. However, it is a wrong assumption. Even one component can be so time-consuming and distressing to a person that he or she cannot live a normal life anyway.

Common OCD behaviors are as follow: Excessive washing or cleaning Excessive focus on something

A person with OCD thoughts usually appears to be anxious and timid in public. The mind gets stuck on something.

OCD Therapy It can be either cognitive-behavioral therapy or conventional medications. Usually, it is a combination of both therapy and medications that the doctors prescribe for their patients. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a behavior modification therapy. The goal of it is to reduce the severity of OCD symptoms.

If you did read articles, which I posted on this site, you already know I believe the most important step to overcoming this condition is accepting you have a problem. There are a few people who cannot even acknowledge that they have a problem. You see you can only start dealing with it effectively if you can accept that you have this condition. Yes, it is all common sense. However, some people have problems with this phase of obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment.

The second phase would be treating it. As you are going from one website to another website, you probably already know there are several treatments that are available to a person. Some people promise you "quick fixes." I believe, however, there are no "quick fixes" that exist. For everything beneficial in life, you do need to work for. This also includes dealing successfully with this condition.

Some people prefer using conventional medications. They have no patience with any other approach. Some people have to be on medications. Their disorder is severe enough that a person has to be on medications. Some people want to use some kind of behavior modification therapy. As I previously mentioned, you will find most people end up using a combination of medication and therapy.

Aside from quick fixes, there are some therapies that would fall under the umbrella of alternative medicine. Hypnosis has been found to be helpful in many anxiety conditions. Herbal therapy is another therapy that has gained popularity in the past few years. Homeopathic therapy has been used for hundreds of years to help people with anxiety conditions. I would even be brave to say all relaxation techniques with varying degree of success to deal with this condition. My Natural Therapy for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder will teach you how to combine the most effective natural remedies from different alternative medicine therapies for optimum results. It makes the most effective obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment today.

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