Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is from a diagnostic view a mental disorder. From a pathological perspective, individuals diagnosed with OCD face various constraints, such as intrusive thoughts and repetitive behavior patterns, such as perpetuate washing hands and clothes, counting assets or trying to avoid thinking or saying something.

From a systemic perspective, OCD may also be described as “the attempt to gain some certainty and order where no certainty is or never has been.”


How does OCD stick to order and certainty?

OCD gives a person order and certainty for a short time at a high price.

Example: A person is “convinced” she will avoid an emergency by counting and touching all cups in her cupboard and closing her eyes while passing a mirror, so she can’t see herself. And: nothing happens. So, the person gets a feeling of self-efficacy, knowing that this is not true.

Why OCD is so difficult to treat?

OCD has a high functionality – an immediate, but short-time lasting relief effect. 

From the brain perspective, the brain does not want “to get rid of” something that makes it feel good – even just for seconds.


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For whom is this article helpful?

The article is helpful for individuals seeking to understand Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), its challenges, and its impact on the affected person’s life. It provides insights into the diagnostic view of OCD as a mental disorder and the behavioral patterns associated with it.

What issues might one face prior reading this article?

Before reading this article, one might have misconceptions or a lack of understanding about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. They might not be aware of the compulsive behaviors and intrusive thoughts associated with OCD or the reasons behind why individuals with OCD seek order and certainty in their actions.

What insights can readers get from this text?

Readers can gain the following insights from the text:
1. OCD is a mental disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors.
2. From a systemic perspective, OCD can be seen as an attempt to gain certainty and order where none exists.
3. OCD provides a temporary sense of order and certainty, but at a high cost.
4. Treating OCD is challenging because the brain finds relief in the compulsive behaviors, even if it’s short-lived.
5. There’s a self-help concept based on systemic treatment and counseling sessions on OCD, which readers can explore further.

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