Think of symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder as question marks that pop up in the mind, with an urgent need to answer it. The symptoms may seem irrational to observers but it is often rooted in fears. One of the giveaway signs of OCD is an urgent need to double-check something.

For instance, putting a purse or a key somewhere safe and crosschecking it out of fear that it may have been lost. This may occur once in a while, but if the symptom persists in the person, it is likely he or she may be suffering from OCD. People suffering from the condition have obsessive thoughts that trigger anxiety, and compulsive thoughts that cause an urgent need to suppress these anxious thoughts.

The anxiety disorder can interfere with functioning in all walks of life, including personal, interpersonal, and even sexual. The number of female and male suffers from OCD are pretty much around the same, even though genetics play a significant role in how the symptoms differ in both genders.

Health clinics can provide a homely atmosphere for OCD patients to recover from times of duress or cyclic stress, no matter how you choose to put it. The mental disorder is a cyclical one, wherein obsessive thoughts intensify in the patient and lead to behavioral patterns that seem compulsive. If you feel an OCD patient at home is showing signs of anger and then abusive behavior with a parent or a spouse, it’s best to seek professional help.

With recoupment, OCD patients can get find ways on how to get used to the double-checking symptom. There are no clinical tests to diagnose OCD, but the diagnosis of the mental disorder is still conducted by healthcare centers, by examining behavioral patterns and previous medical history of the person.

OCD is a chronic anxiety disorder, which involves genetics. There is no guarantee that it will go away completely, or that it will never come back into a person’s life. Psychiatrists or psychologists rely on cognitive behavioral therapy to diagnose the symptoms and take necessary steps to help the patient reduce it or change it fully. Medications may be used to treat OCD alongside therapy, in order to get one off the verge of anxiety. Just as the caregiver, even the people close to OCD patients play a role in being a calming influence.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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