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OCD and Anxiety


A condition that hits millions of people every year, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can cause stress, anxiety and feelings of helplessness among any and all sufferers. While this particular condition is unfortunately not entirely curable, it is very, very treatable – something that should impede feelings of anxiety at least a little bit.

Generally, people dealing with OCD have to cope with obsessions and compulsions (both of which are unwanted) as they attempt to go through the regular tasks associated with everyday life. Because these obsessions and subsequent compulsions are so uncontrollable and take over so often throughout a given person’s day, they cause unspeakable amounts of stress and anxiety. As such, in addition to the OCD, people who deal with the disorder additionally have to deal with all of the mental health side-effects that come with having such a controlling condition.

Recent estimates have indicated that as much as five percent of the current population suffers from OCD. With a total that substantial, it should come as no surprise that so many people find themselves with unstoppable feelings of helplessness and loss when it comes to dealing with their obsessions, compulsions and resulting anxiety.

Several different treatment options exist for people struggling with OCD. The two most well known methods, however, are Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy (CBT) and medications with serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI). Essentially, the former option relies on the “talk therapy” preference for relieving OCD while the latter option is more medicinally-oriented.

The key to dealing with OCD and the subsequent anxiety, like with any other disorder, is seeking out the diagnosis first and foremost. By getting a trained mental health physician to accurately determine whether or not someone is dealing with obsessions and compulsions, a sufferer is essentially taking the first step to recovery. From there, it’s all about picking the right treatment option for you, and then staying the course until the completion of treatment.

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