Washing hands constantly, checking if the same door is locked about 3 times or more or wanting things to be aligned all the time could well be an indicator of OCD, but let us not be fooled by considering these traits as symptoms. To explain what OCD is, let’s take… ...Read more
Washing hands constantly, checking if the same door is locked about 3 times or more or wanting things to be aligned all the time could well be an indicator of OCD, but let us not be fooled by considering these traits as symptoms.To explain what OCD is, let’s take this example: We have a lock system in our cars that rings an alarm each time somebody breaks it open. Remember this lock system is your mind. Now imagine the lock system is spoilt and sets off alarms in a sporadic interval. Each time it rings, you may go and check it over and over again, eventually after a point you realize it is the spoilt lock system and you calm down. But for those people with OCD, they know the alarm is spoilt but still find the need to check the car over and over again because it causes immense anxiety. These are some symptoms to watch out for:
Repetitive obsessions and intrusive, fearful thoughts.
Recurrent, disturbing mental images.
Compulsions like aligning things at home over and over again (to control the anxiety).
Parents must be watchful if their children, especially between 7-12 years of age, exhibit such symptoms.CausesThe thing with a lot of psychiatric illness is that you cannot pinpoint one cause and say what has caused them. However, those with a family history of OCD could be more prone to it than others.Foods to eatIt is believed that a lot of ailments could be cured by eating right. For those suffering from OCD, it is advised to have foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like chia seeds, walnuts and low-fat dairy products like low-fat milk etc.TreatmentsOCD doesn’t have a definitive cure, however, it can be treated through medication and various therapies like family therapy, behavioural therapy and so on. Going beyond in the holistic approachAlternative therapies that could help in curing OCD include Reiki, Dr. Bach flower remedies, Pranic healing, Acupressure, Energy healing.Read less