Can OCD cause disruption in your current lifestyle?


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD is a mental and behavioral disorder in which people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas, sensations(obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively(compulsions) to an extent that generates distress or impairs general functioning.

OCD is usually caused due to genetic and hereditary factors. Chemical, structural and functional abnormalities in the brain are the cause of it. Distorted beliefs reinforce and maintain symptoms associated with OCD. People with OCD may be diagnosed with other disorders and conditions like major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, anorexia nervosa, social anxiety disorder, bulimia nervosa, dermatillomania, trichotillomania and so on which can be treated accordingly.

The symptoms of OCD can be classified into obsessive and compulsive habits; obsessive thoughts can include worries about yourself or other people getting hurt, constant awareness of blinking, breathing, or other body sensations and suspicion over people unnecessarily; and compulsive habits can include doing tasks in a specific order or number, needing to count things, like steps or bottles along with fear of touching doorknobs, public toilets, or shaking hands.

There is no cure for OCD. But with the help of proper treatment of psychotherapy, relaxation, medication, and neuromodulation, under the proper guidance of experienced doctors and medical personnel, life can carry on properly without any sort of hindrance.

So, with the context of the above-mentioned question, OCD does not cause any sort of disruption or hindrance in our current lifestyle.

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