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What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Symptoms of OCD should not be ignored in youngsters : Study - Times Now

  • 6 January 2019

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Symptoms of OCD should not be ignored in youngsters : Study

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Symptoms of OCD should not be ignored in youngsters : Study  |  Photo Credit: Getty

New Delhi: According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in youth can be very dangerous and a sign of serious psychiatric conditions. The study finds that suicide, depression, etc. are more common in people with the disorder.

When so many people claim to have the disorder, how many people actually suffer from it? The obsessive-compulsive disorder is more than just being too fussy or too clean. It is a serious health condition that can hinder personal and professional life choices and also be the root of other mental health disorders. READ - Here's why a break from social media is important for your mental health

What is an obsessive-compulsive disorder?

It is important to understand what is this condition that affects more than 1 million Indians every year. It affects people of all age groups – starting from around teenage to old aged people. OCD is characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears about anything and everything, and obsessions that lead to compulsive behaviours. It causes the patients to behave in certain compulsive, strict ways.

People with OCD are seen washing their hands very often, because they have a fear of germs, or seen keeping things very organized, mostly kept in ascending or descending order of their height, width, etc. It is a chronic disorder and pretty long-lasting.

What are the types of Obsessive Compulsive disorders?

Though many types may still be undiscovered, OCD discovered are of the following types:

  • Checking
  • Contamination
  • Mental contamination
  • Hoarding
  • Ruminations
  • Intrusive thoughts

What are the symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive disorder?

The symptoms or signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder can be random fears or obsessions about certain things and practices – Fear of germs and contamination, anxious thoughts, the obsessive want of having things clean and organized in specific ways. READ - This is what body shaming is doing to your mental health: Why you should refrain from body shaming

How can Obsessive Compulsive disorder be treated?

Like most mental health conditions, Obsessive-compulsive disorder can also be treated through therapy, if the symptoms are controlled and are not causing any harm to the patient. However, in severe cases, the patient can also be given medication for OCD that matches the medication given for depression.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.