You may try to ignore or stop your obsessions, but that only increases your distress and anxiety. Ultimately, you feel driven to perform compulsive acts to try to ease your stress. Despite efforts to ignore or get rid of bothersome thoughts or urges, they keep coming back. This leads to more ritualistic behavior — the vicious cycle of OCD.
OCD often centers around certain themes — for example, a fear of getting contaminated by germs. To ease your contamination fears, you may compulsively wash your hands until they're sore and chapped.
Causes -- The cause of obsessive-compulsive disorder isn't fully understood. Main theories include:
· Biology. OCD may be a result of changes in your body's own natural chemistry or brain functions.
· Genetics. OCD may have a genetic component, but specific genes have yet to be identified.
· Environment. Some environmental factors such as infections are suggested as a trigger for OCD, but more research is needed.
Symptoms--- Obsessive-compulsive disorder usually includes both obsessions and compulsions. But it's also possible to have only obsession symptoms or only compulsion symptoms. You may or may not realize that your obsessions and compulsions are excessive or unreasonable, but they take up a great deal of time and interfere with your daily routine and social or work functioning.
OCD obsessions are repeated, persistent and unwanted thoughts, urges or images that are intrusive and cause distress or anxiety. You might try to ignore them or get rid of them by performing a compulsive behavior or ritual. These obsessions typically intrude when you're trying to think of or do other things.
Obsessions often have themes to them, such as:
· Fear of contamination or dirt
· Needing things orderly and symmetrical
· Aggressive or horrific thoughts about harming yourself or others
· Unwanted thoughts, including aggression, or sexual or religious subjects
Examples of obsession signs and symptoms include:
· Fear of being contaminated by touching objects others have touched
· Doubts that you've locked the door or turned off the stove
· Intense stress when objects aren't orderly or facing a certain way
· Images of hurting yourself or someone else that are unwanted and make you uncomfortable
· Thoughts about shouting obscenities or acting inappropriately that are unwanted and make you uncomfortable
· Avoidance of situations that can trigger obsessions, such as shaking hands
· Distress about unpleasant sexual images repeating in your mind
OCD compulsions are repetitive behaviors that you feel driven to perform. These repetitive behaviors or mental acts are meant to prevent or reduce anxiety related to your obsessions or prevent something bad from happening. However, engaging in the compulsions brings no pleasure and may offer only a temporary relief from anxiety.
You may make up rules or rituals to follow that help control your anxiety when you're having obsessive thoughts. These compulsions are excessive and often are not realistically related to the problem they're intended to fix.
As with obsessions, compulsions typically have themes, such as:
· Washing and cleaning
· Following a strict routine
· Demanding reassurances
Examples of compulsion signs and symptoms include:
· Hand-washing until your skin becomes raw
· Checking doors repeatedly to make sure they're locked
· Checking the stove repeatedly to make sure it's off
· Counting in certain patterns
· Silently repeating a prayer, word or phrase
· Arranging your canned goods to face the same way
OCD usually begins in the teen or young adult years. Symptoms usually begin gradually and tend to vary in severity throughout life. Symptoms generally worsen when you experience greater stress. OCD, usually considered a lifelong disorder, can have mild to moderate symptoms or be so severe and time-consuming that it becomes disabling.
Homoeopathy today is a rapidly growing system and is being practiced all over the world. It strength lies in its evident effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels. When obsessive compulsive disorder is concerned there are many effective medicines available in Homoeopathy , but the selection depends upon the individuality of the patient , considering mental and physical symptoms.
ARSENICUM ALBUM 200 ----Arsenic alb is an excellent remedy for obsessive compulsive disorder with persistent thought of fear of death and disease, yet tired of living , worse night. The patient thinks that it is useless to take medicines. Despair of recovery. Along with this there is great anguish and restlessness. Because of restlessness the patient changes place constantly. Also fear of starvation and fear of financial loss. Fear of being left alone. Great fear with cold sweat. Arsenic person always demand neatness in their clothing.
ARGENTUM NITRICUM 200 ----Argentum nitricum is prescribed for obsessive compulsive disorder where the patient have persistent impulsive thoughts. He imagines that he cannot passé a certain point. Peculiar mental impulses. Impulse to jump when crossing a bridge or from a window. Impulsive , want to do things in a hurry. Fears and anxieties and hidden irrational motives for actions. Dreads ordeals. Fear of impending evil of crowds, passing a certain point of high buildings of dark. Fear of heights, flying in airplanes . The sight of high buildings makes him giddy and causes him to stagger, it seems houses on both sides of street would approach and crush him. The person is timid and anxious, panic and anxiety attacks common.
NATRUM MURIATICUM 200--- Natrum muriaticum is another effective medicine for obsessive compulsive disorder with fear or dreams of robbers. Because of this he repeatedly check locked doors. Anxiety and fear accompanies with Natrum mur patients.
SYPHILINUM 200--- Syphilinum is effective for obsessive compulsive disorder with an impulse to wash hands repeatedly. They wash their hands again and again because they thought that their hands contaminated by germs or dirty by touching any objects.
CARCINOSIN 200 —Carsinosin is best for obsessive compulsive disorder with fear of cancer. They always think that they have a chance of getting cancer. They also feras exams, heights and crowds. They demand perfection in every work.
SILICEA 200--- Silicea is another remedy for obsessive compulsive disorder fixed ideas thinks only of pins. The person fears pins searches them and counts them. They are very nervous and excitable. Sensitive to all impression.
STRAMONIUM 200--- Stramonium is prescribed for obscessive compulsive disorder with religious mania. The person always read religious books, persistent religious thoughts and praying all the time.
NUX VOMICA 200 ----Nux vomica patients are highly irritable, over sensitive and easily get angry and impatient. They demand all the things done as they want . They have a fault finding nature.