Washing Your Hands Often Is Itself A Disease

If you’re the type that keeps on washing your hands every few minutes because of an irrational fear of dirt and germs, then you are not alone – about 1 in 50 adults have some form of OCDobsessive-compulsive disorder. This is a condition where

  • you get awful thoughts keep on coming into your mind, even when you try to keep them out
  • you have to touch or count things or repeat the same action, like washing hands and checking that the electrical plugs are off,over and over again

We can all worry excessively about real-life problems or be obsessive about certain things at times, but if this becomes too repetitive and causes distress, then it may be time to seek treatment, even celebrities included.

OCD sufferer Megan Fox, star of Transformers, confessed to a horror of restaurant cutlery – "putting my mouth where a million other mouths have been"

Donald Trump refuses to shake hands, for fear of catching germs

David Beckham has to have the cans in the fridge in pairs and lined up

OCD is sometimes inherited, so can occasionally run in the family. Other times, it can be brought on by stress. Men and women are equally affected, usually first appearing in the teens and twenties. Diagnosis is established by a mental health professional, such as a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist, and can be often confirmed, in long-standing cases by a PET scan, a special form of CT scan.

A non-invasive PET scan can indicate differences in brain activity of OCD patients versus normals

Can OCD be treated? In short,yes. Depending on the severity, either one or both behaviour therapy or medications like SSRIs. Treatment is effective for OCD  with most people being cured.

The question remains that there is a fine line between excessive worry about real-life problems and repetitive worries in OCD.  Many do not seek help, but when it becomes debilitating or even deadly, it might be that bit too late; as in the case of the lady with OCD who slept for 3 years in a car and was found dead..see here.

3 responses

  1. Can you blame me if I wash my hands several times, taking into consideration the germs being passed around?

  2. Good article..my mother fits in this category!

  3. I hav suffered from ocd for many years and it took time before I even knew d sickness had a name.I live in nigeria and its hard bcos its nt so easy to talk abt mental illnesses hear cos pple might thnk u crazy.I hav to tak drugs for it now bt its hard.I dnt hav d support I need cos I sometimes wish wen I hav d attack I wish someone wuld be there wit me to help me,support me n giv me d strength to disobey these forces,these thots that tell me to do these odd,abnormal things.I was able to cross some hurdles wit help frm someone bt I need help still for more.I hav never met anyone wit ocd or talked one on one wit an ocd sufferer.if there’s one out there I wuld lik to talk wit them pls.its dificult for pple to understand.sometimes even pple dat know my condition ask me to do stuff they kn I hav prob dealing wit as if Its dat easy.I need a kind person who understands.I am nt sayn d person shuld encourage ocd behavior,bt I need understandn.am nt totally,deliberately doing these things!its a prob for me and I hav sufferd so much so bad I sometimes hav pain in my spine frm too much mental stress.I was diagnosed years back by a psych.

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