Alcoholism addiction treatment

When an individual feels that they are no longer in control of their addictive habit despite the medications they take or are constantly tempted and exposed to the addictive substance, a rehabilitation program is needed. Alcohol rehabilitation program is an intense recovery program that requires motivation, determination and social support to help the suffering individual […]

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Co morbidity in OCD

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is distressing in itself as it affects the individual’s thoughts and behaviour. Through years of studies it is also seen that most often OCD occur with another mental illness. When an individual is diagnosed with two mental disorders it is known as co morbidity. And OCD is seen to have quite […]

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Types of Obsessive Compulsive ...

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is mental disorder that is driven by undesirable thoughts known as obsessions that compels repetitive behaviours, known as compulsions. However, it varies from individual to individual in the way in which symptoms of OCD are experienced. Based on the nature of the symptoms experienced OCD can be divided into different types. […]

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Alcoholism facts

1. Alcoholism causes various short term health hazards. The short term harm alcohol causes are the health conditions apart from diseases. It includes injuries caused by accidents, falls, homicides, sexual assaults, alcohol poisoning, etc. Under the influence of alcohol individuals have judgments and decision making skills are inhibited, this might be the reason behind the harmful […]

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Neurofeedback for alcoholism

A number of new methods and therapeutic techniques are coming up to make the journey towards recovery effective, easier and smoother. One of these attempts is integrating neurofeedback in the recovery program. Neurofeedback is a therapeutic intervention that uses biofeedback mechanism. Here medical instruments, sensors, are attached to the individual’s head and face region. These […]

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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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