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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