Borderline Personality Disorde...

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental health issue manifest by continuous unsteadiness in moods, behaviour, functioning and self-image. These experiences frequently result in unstable relationships and impulsive action. An individual with BPD may meet extreme scenes of anger, misery, and uneasiness that may last from just a couple of hours to days. Borderline […]

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Substance Abuse Statistics

Substance abuse means to the harmful or unsafe use of psychoactive substances, including illicit drugs and alcohol. Psychoactive substance use can prompt to dependence disorder; a group of behavioural, physiological, cognitive phenomenon that create after frequent substance use and that normally incorporate a powerful urge to take the drug, challenges in controlling its use, holding […]

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Borderline Personality Disorde...

Borderline personality disorder or BPD is mostly known to occur among women and rarely seen in men. It is a disorder that characterizes high emotionality, sensitivity and unstable patterns of relationships. Men express BPD symptoms differently from women, this is one of the reasons it gets misunderstood. It has been suggested by studies that women […]

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Substance Abuse Disorder

Substance abuse disorder is when an individual engages in a harmful intake of a substance or drug, affecting various areas of life. Due to the substance abuse the individual fails to function effectively in their personal, professional and social areas of life. Identifying the symptoms at an early stage can enable a quicker recovery. Here […]

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Borderline Personality Disorde...

Do you have someone in your life who, most of the time, have terrible mood fluctuations, multiple unstable relationships, always feel empty and impulsive? Are these affecting their personal and professional life? You may consider seeking a professional opinion as these are primary symptoms of borderline personality disorder or BPD. Here are few questions that […]

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OCD: Early diagnosis key to effective treatment

fb post for OCD-02As the name itself suggests, OCD or obsessive compulsive disorder has to do with being obsessed about something or anything. It could be an unknown fear about something which you would like to get rid of. In your eagerness to wriggle out of it certain actions becomes so repetitive that it turns into a serious obsession.

Spares none!

Diagnosed with OCD, one of the brilliant inventors of the 20th century, Nikola Tesla was credited with laying the foundation of modern electrical engineering, x-rays, radar and radio. Tesla was so obsessed with number 3 that before entering a building he felt an irresistible desire to walk around it thrice. He was suffering from OCD.

Unreported OCD

Tesla’s example is to underline the all-pervasive dimensions of OCD as a commonly occurring mental disorder. It is quite common that a large number of people around may have a varying degree of OCD symptoms in them. Due to social taboo and shame associated with admitting to the disorder a large number of OCD cases go unreported.

India vs West

As compared to Europe or US, India accounts for a small percentage of people suffering from OCD. Studies show that lifetime prevalence of OCD in India is 0.6% against 2-3% reported in the European and North American studies. Untreated OCD is likely to make matters worse for the victim as it can graduate to bipolar disorder, depression and other serious mental ailments.

OCD attack!

Though the OCD can begin during childhood, it generally occurs in adolescence or early phase of adulthood. According to studies, in about 65% of cases OCD begins before the age of 25. In 15% of cases it also happens after the age of 35.

However, it is still not possible to correctly make any forecast about medical conditions associated with OCD. With development in psychiatric treatment such forecast of likely outcome of OCD can be done. Various findings put together indicate that about 25% of the OCD patients register full recovery while about 15% register deteriorating course.

Posers on OCD!

For some reason or other OCD patients are hesitant to admit to their mental disorder. However, a simple quiz can help find out if the person is suffering from OCD.

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  • Do you feel like washing or cleaning more frequently than others?

YES or NO

  • Do you get too suspicious or curious that you feel compelled to check things a lot more than others would generally do?

YES or NO

  • Do you get too obsessed with certain thoughts that disturb you?

YES or NO

 

  • You would like to get rid of obsessive thoughts but find it too difficult to do?

YES or NO

  • Do you take too much time completing your routine activities?

YES or NO

  • Do you feel obsessed with orderliness or symmetry?

YES or NO

  • Do you feel compelled to repeat certain activities like sitting in or out of chair or walk through doorway?

YES or NO

  • Do you feel compelled to collect useless objects and then find it difficult to throw them away?

YES or NO

OCD obsessive thoughts may relate to:

  • Thoughts pertaining to religion or other negative thoughts that you personally feel not acceptable
  • Thoughts or tendency to harm yourself or others
  • Thoughts related to the fear of unknown – for example thoughts about something terrible (Example- accident) that might befall you or your loved ones
  • Worrisome thoughts about suffering from serious illnesses like AIDS

Early diagnosis

OCD is a commonly occurring disorder and there are mental healthcare centers like Cadabam’s Hospital in the heart of Bangaluru to effectively take care of such illnesses. It is important that OCD is diagnosed correctly at an early stage so that it can be treated well and effectively.

 

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