Anxiety is your brain’s alarm system. When you feel anxious, it feels like you are in danger. Anxiety is an emotion that tells you to respond, react and or protect yourself. Obsessive compulsive disorder is a psychological disorder that occurs in the brain and affects one behavior. OCD involves conflict in communication interaction between the frontal lobe of the brain and basal ganglia, deeper structures of the brain. These brain structures use a neurotransmitter called serotonin.“ Seretonin is a chemical neurotransmitter that allows nerve cells to communicate with each other by working in the space between nerve cells, called the synaptic cleft is involved with biological processes such as mood, aggression, sleep, appetite and pain.”(http://www.anxietycare.org.uk/docs/ocdcauses.asp). There are many different types of OCD people have, these powerful thoughts and image becomes severe and feel outside of the person’s control. Individuals with OCD do not want to have these thoughts and find them disturbing. Majority of the time, people with OCD realize that these thoughts don’t make any sense. Although they do not want to perform these thoughts their mind overrides the body and unselfconsciously they do it anyways, like a robot. Obsessions are typically accompanied by intense and uncomfortable feelings such as fear, disgust, doubt, or a feeling that things have to be done in a way that is just right to the person. Some common obsessions in OCD are: contamination, losing control, harm, perfectionism, religion obsession, unwanted sexual thoughts, concern with getting a physical illness or disease, superstitious ideas about luck or unlucky numbers, certain colors, etc. Some common compulsive in OCD are: washing, cleaning, checking, repeating ,mental review of events to prevent harm, avoiding situation that may trigger ones OCD, etc. In the context of OCD, obsessions are time consuming and compel a person from being engaged in important activities the person values or even simple ritualistic behaviors. OCD can develop depression and can but the body under a lot of stress. Treating OCD is challenging, they can vary for every individual, in some cases, medication can treat the OCD but can causes problems in different organs or ligament in a patient. The most effective treatments for OCD are Cognitive Behavior Therapy, brain surgery(drilling through the skull and using a heated probe to burn an area within a part of the brain,having a 50 percent chance of resolving the issue), gamma knife (a procedure that uses ray pass the skull to destroy the targeted brain tissue).
Jennifer is imprison by ritual for over 20 years. She suffers from the compulsive OCD of order, repetitive, cleaning and perfection. Simple tasks such as cracking an egg becomes more complex than one can image, it takes her usually an hour to crack and drain the eggs the exact way she wants it to be. She only eats the egg whites and have to start over if the egg yolks get into the bowl that she pour the egg whites in. When she fails to complete that task she gets overwhelmed frustrated and you can see the emotions of sad and anger filled in her eyes as she cries to relieve her pain of failure. She is aware that her OCD controls her life and consume a lot of her free time as she states while crying “ I pissed off, it takes too much time to do this because of the stupid yolk, I'm just frustrated I shouldn't be standing here ,Ii should be watching tv or going to bed”. Sometime it takes Jennifer 5 hours to get out of her house to go to the gym. Daily house chores become complicated from the severeness of her OCD. Her daily ritual is making her bed, doing laundry, clean her cat litter box , lint brushing her furniture. On tuesdays and thursdays she cleans everything in her kitchen and confirms that she completed her task with her brain. Every thursday she does the lint brushing then stands and pause for a...
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