OCD Symptoms

OCD Symptoms- It is normal, on occasion to go and double check the things that we all missed or not remembered. For instance, checking ‘the door is locked or not’, ‘checking pocket for a wallet’. But what if this loop keeps repeating for ‘n’ number of time. This medical condition is known as obsessive-compulsive disorder […]

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12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymo...

Are you in search of the best recovery process for yourself or for your close one to come out of Alcohol addiction? You are not alone. It is possible with 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous programs. What are these 12 step programs helping quit alcohol and how do they work? Alcoholics Anonymous is a process of […]

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ...

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a chronic disorder that is characterized by feelings of fear, unreasonable or obsessive thoughts such as a person feels the need to repeat a task like washing his/her hands repetitively even when it is unnecessary or arranging the objects over and over again. This can even lead to severe OCD that […]

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What is OCD?

What is OCD behavior!- Nation Institute of Mental Health states that about 2 percent of the population currently suffers from OCD- Which is comparatively higher than the individuals who are suffering from other illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar and ADHD. Researchers believe that both environmental and neurobiological predispositions collectively play a vital role wherein the individual […]

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Types of Addiction

Anything taken to an excessive level can result in addiction.  The types of addiction range from the substance like alcohol to behaviors like gambling. Dependence can be both emotional and behavioral.  Common symptoms are seen in addiction: Numerous failed attempts to stop the behavior Withdrawal symptoms Lack of Control over the intake Risk-Taking Behavior Being secretive about their addictive […]

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OCD Ruminations | How to get help?

OCD treatment types

What is OCD is Rumination? How to get help

In obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD obsessions are the intrusive and repetitive images and thoughts which are extremely distressing to the individual and compulsions are the act the individual ritualistically performs to reduce the distress. The compulsion here is a direct result of the obsession.

The common types of OCD such as cleaning/washing, aggressive type or the symmetry type can be easily detected. They all have an obvious compulsive behaviour the individual engages often engages in. But there is type of OCD that is very hard to notice, they are commonly known as “pure-O” or pure obsessions. Here the individual only tends to have obsessions.

Many a times in pure-O the individual may belief for years that they do not have any obvious compulsive behaviour and in some cases it can be true. But in most cases the individual does have a compulsion, mental compulsion acts. In this mental act the individual pays deep attention to the obsessive thought or image and starts questioning them over and over and try to find possible solutions. This mental act of going over the obsessive thought over and over again is known as rumination. Individuals tend to ruminate on certain topics:

  • Philosophy
  • Metaphysical
  • Questions of life and death
  • Religion
  • Origin of universe
  • Nature of morality

Many assume rumination to be the intrusive thoughts and images that occur in OCD, which many consider as misleading. Rumination is a mental act the individual engages in to reduce distress experiencing from obsessive thoughts. Individuals many go on rumination on one obsessive thought, questing and trying to find answers, for hours and even days. They may normal but the individual themselves know how distressing it is.

The individual may go on for years assuming they only have obsessions and no compulsions for it. Ruminations in OCD are very hard to detect but once detected the individual can help reducing and eventually stop it. Most treatment options for OCD operates on the basis that engaging in compulsion strengthens the obsession thus they focus on preventing the individual from engaging in the compulsive behaviour. Likewise, for rumination the individual can engage in other activities when they realise they are ruminating. Individuals can engage in activities like singing a song or focusing on something in their environment.

When one realises they are not able to stop or control their rumination, professional help is necessary. Treatment options such as cognitive behavioural therapy, counselling, group therapies and other psychotherapies are available to help the individual cope with their obsessions. For treatment options from our expert team, call us on +91611194949.

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