Ever noticed the unusual behavior of people, sudden anxiety & stress and the urge to keep things clean & organized? He might be the victim of obsessive-compulsive disorder, it is a mental illness that is experienced by many.
The lifetime prevalence of OCD in general population in 2-3%, that means 2-3 persons in every hundred persons have OCD in their lifetime. It affects men and women equally. It usually starts at 20 years of age however it can occur at any age including as early as 2 years of age in children. OCD is often found to occur with other disorders like depression, social phobia, and Tourette’s disorder.
Here are some common OCD myths you must not believe :-
1. OCD is not common in Children
OCD can strike as young as 4-year-old! Yes, that’s true! Through it is most commonly first identified in individuals ages 6 to 25. Here the gender plays a vital role, OCD occurs in boys between the ages of 6 to 15, while it’s 20’s for girls.
2. OCD’s are neatness freaks
OCD is not always an emphasizing disorder on cleanliness! Individuals with OCD have their own unique Obsession or Compulsion and actions they may need to do in order to calm their anxiety and multiple thoughts triggering stress.
3. Diverting the mind controls OCD
OCD can be as severe as making a person Brain Locked! It turns out to be exceedingly tough to even think about something else when the anxiety hits the head. The calmness may be lasting briefly until the cycles go on again.
4. OCD has no other side effects other than unusual behavior
OCD can lead to physical illness, depression, anxiety, fatigue, anger, psychiatric hospitalization and suicidal thoughts and actions. While OCD cannot be cured, treatment can help people to manage OCD and reduce the severity and intensity of the symptoms and side-effects.
Believe the truth, deny the myth!