Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects 1.5 to 2.5 % of Australians.
So what is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
It is an anxiety disorder and causes people to experience both obsessions and compulsions.
Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive and disturbing impulses, urges, images and thoughts that arise and cause uneasiness ranging from apprehension to intense fear and worry.
Scientist continue to study environment, biology and genetics for their possible contributions to this disorder.
The high risk group for developing OCD are young adults in the 18-24 yrs age group.
I’ve read conflicting reports concerning the relative gender prevalence of OCD. Some reports say there is an equal occurrence among both men and women, while others suggest slightly more women than men experience OCD.
However, it is generally agreed that men who suffer OCD are likely to get the disorder at a younger age than women – men in their mid to late teens and women in their early twenties.
Obsessions are not about real problems and people suffering Obsessive Compulsive Disorder usually realise that. However, this generally makes them feel even worse because they find it difficult to understand how they can be so obsessed by an irrational fear or concern.
You can learn in more detail about obsessions, or by downloading the free explanation paper/e-book about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Compulsions are precise, generally deliberate and usually repeated behaviours, either physical or mental, that a person with OCD carries out in an attempt to relieve themselves of the anxiety caused by their obsession/s.
The person suffering Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder performs the compulsion either because they feel this is
something they must do (i.e. are compelled to do) or they believe their
compulsive behaviour will prevent the occurrence they fear from
Alternatively they think the compulsion will reduce their thinking, worry and anxious feelings about the event and/or will therefore eventually erase all thinking and concern about this worrisome event from their minds.
More detail on the symptoms of OCD..
You can learn in more detail about compulsions and the symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, by downloading the free explanation paper about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.