September 15, 2014

OCD and Anxiety

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, also referred to as OCD, is a direct consequence of anxiety. OCD and anxiety go hand in hand because OCD behaviors are involuntary learned behaviors that a person performs compulsively to relieve anxiety.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a combination of the tendency to be obsessed and to allow that behavior to let you become compulsive about the same obsessions. OCD and anxiety feeds on your habit of worrying about a particular situation or possible event. The worry and anxiety you experience is a DIRECT RESULT of your anxious thoughts. If you do not learn the methods available to break your cycle of anxiety, new OCD habits will ‘appear’ as a less-effective way to cope with the anxiety.

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Your obsession will let you cultivate thoughts that are unwanted, but seem to control your mind. You try to find something to take those thoughts away and this result in some type of compulsion that also controls you. Instead of getting rid of the obsessive thoughts, you find yourself engaging more frequently in unusual behavior, which seemingly can’t be controlled.

OCD and anxiety problems can be treated by a professional, sometimes successfully, via medication. Behavioral therapy may also be prescribed as a way to cope with the OCD and anxiety. A psychotherapist can give you the tools and resources to combat your destructive behavior and will show you where it stems from so you can have a better handle on how to address it.

Medication works to help control OCD and anxiety by lessening the underlying anxiety that you feel. Antidepressant medications are prescribed most commonly. Unfortunately the antidepressants carry serious side effects such as impotency, lowered sex drive, delayed orgasm or inability to orgasm.

In addition to promoting sexual dysfunction, the medications can also result in nausea, restlessness, lethargy, insomnia, heart palpitations, memory recall issues, difficulty concentrating, and issues with urinating. For some, the side effects will also manifest as weight gain.

Those who are affected by OCD are essentially using small repetitive behaviors as a release-valve for their anxiety. However, while some measure of temporary relief may be gained from the rituals, there is now the issue of having to deal with both OCD and anxiety.

The best way to handle the OCD and anxiety once and for all is to break out of the anxiety cycle. The anxiety cycle is a thought and emotional pattern where worried thinking about a future or past event leads to high levels of anxiety. These levels of anxiety cause negative consequences such as OCD, night sweats, hot flashes, social awkwardness etc. Anticipation of these negative consequences compounds the anxiety, and even more worrying occurs.

The key is to reverse the cycle entirely. Learning a technique to remove anxiety will reduce symptoms (such as OCD and anxiety) which in turn will result in less anxiety. This is a positive feedback loop which results your feeling more and more relief and relaxation in place of the tension and anxiety.

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