Hey Guys Joag back with a new blog and this time my topic is OCD. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Now it can affect anyone on the spectrum or off. Now OCD is not the same as repetitive behavior in people with autism. OCD is a form of anxiety, in which people have obsessive thoughts and compulsions which they feel must be carried out or XYZ will happen to them. OCD in itself is a spectrum, it can range from the mild to the severe. Now fortunately for myself I do not suffer from OCD, but I have read stories and seen portrayals of OCD and it can completely consume people’s lives. or it could just be something they have to do at a certain hour of the day.
Like autistic brains, the brain image for someone with OCD is different than a “normal” brain. Goodness me I hate the “” around normal, no one is normal we all have our unique quirks who make who we are. But I have been reading a lot about OCD and it appears that there may be a genetic link that could be the cause of OCD, but nothing is conclusive yet. Or it could be due to an increase in brain activity in certain areas of the brain which deal with strong emotions, There are studies which show that people with OCD have a lower serotonin level than the “normal brains”
In the UK at least it has been concluded that at least every 3 in 250 people have OCD, in the UK alone that’s 750,000. I am unsure of the exact figures for anywhere else in the world. But I can tell you that the age it begins to show in males is 6-15 years old and the age for females is a lot higher at least 3x higher at the lower end in women it would normally begin to show between 20-29. I was shocked to read that there may be less than 10% of sufferers receiving treatment,
Something needs to change here guys. I want to know from you all, what you think is holding people back from getting the treatment they so need to ensure they are living life to the fullest. Once we know what is holding people back. In a very special Sunday Blog. I will be creating a new page using every little thing you guys give me to help others and we will all help get everyone the support we need. 52 Lives kind off gave the idea and also Tanya Burr MrsGlobalGoals as I call her. Together, guys, we can end people suffering but we have to work as a community.
Right enough procrastination lets get back to topic.
Getting help when you have a mental health issue is one of the hardest things ever done, back a couple of years ago I battled with a few issues, still do battle with them but like the masses of you who haven’t received treatment yet I am afraid, I don’t know how to tell people that I still suffer. (Sorry a little bit emotional about that last statement so give me a few moments and I’ll get back to you all) Ok, John Parr St Elmo’s fire is playing I think I can get through this. We have no reason to be ashamed. I will be the first to say I am struggling with many mental health issues and I need help. If you aren’t confident like me be the first to say it to yourself. Last week when my anxiety post went out it was national coming out day. Today I want to take a little twist on it All you need is a mirror and yourself. Come out and admit you need help that is usually the first and hardest step. Once you are able to say it, I think you should be able to talk someone who can help. You have no idea how much support will help you get over you problems. Writing this, I don’t know how many of you watch the Saturday Night Programme Casualty on BBC 1. I keep thinking of Keo’s character who had a really hard battle with OCD, but he eventually got the help he needed and is now on the road to recovery.
The treatment is fairly simple, it could be a course of CBT, or medication to help balance the serotonin levels.
Thanks to the NHS choices website for some of the information in my article.
I touched on this subject with another series Senses but I looked up some OCD habits to help me help you get an idea of some of the habits and rituals that can occur with OCD and this one had me linking back in my head to autism, and Brumotactillophobia the fear of food touching, there are people (autists) in the world who cannot stand food touching each other and after a little research on my OCD post I found that this is a common habit i.e. not letting foods touch on a plate. I have a friend who is very picky about what they eat because they are scared of food touching and contaminating the other food. Another one is the need for symmetry (thank goodness for Grammarly because I cannot spell today) I know kids who will line up all their toys and I kind of have this trait too. When working at my desk I have to have things just so. Everything neat against my wall otherwise I know it will catch my focus and I will be distracted. I didn’t think I had OCD until I saw this Symptom. Constantly checking doors, I’m not sure if it is more my paranoia when I am home alone but every time I pass the front door or I walk past a window, I have to double check the lock every time. I remember my parents were away on holiday for a week and my brother was away camping and it was a rainy stormy night in Northern Ireland, but I was home alone and so paranoid I kept trying to reassure myself, but nothing worked. Sky Disney, you saved my life that night I was so freaked.
Thanks, Blog you have made me convinced I have a mild form of OCD because there are now so many things I realize I do that have appeared on the symptom list.
Anyways JOAG out until next time.
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