Counseling: Get Rid Of Addiction, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Addiction is a global issue that needs acknowledgment if we want to save ourselves from the disturbing consequences that comes with it. This problem is increasing with the passage of time and you will be surprised to know that there are various types of addictions that we do not even know about.
The real reason addiction is a major world wide issue is because people start to hide that they are addicted just to stay away from further negative comments and insults. AlertenSafe believes this creates hopelessness in the patient because they are not motivated to quit and live a healthy life. So, we should be aware of the problem, realize how serious it could be, and also need to know that how we can manage or help an addict person in getting rid of it as early as possible.
What is OCD?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects approximately 2 - 3 % of Australians, and the same percentage worldwide. But unfortunately not a lot of people seek help as it is classed among society as an embarrassing disorder or disease.
OCD is classed as an anxiety disorder which carry with it Obsessions and Compulsions.
A person suffering OCD has something in their brain that tells them they must carry out certain tasks, rituals or behaviors or else something bad may occur. Carrying out the obsessions or compulsions might temporarily reduce the amount of anxiety they feel whilst the OCD is present.
However the anxiety starts building up again straight away..
Most OCD sufferers know that their brain thoughts are irrational and stupid, but the obsessions and compulsions are hard to resist and if resisted often lead to a sensation of sickness and also sever Anxiety.
(Please note, This site does not try and diagnose or treat any problems associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, It is just a site to inform and help people with this condition and people around this condition)
Symptoms Of OCD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder affects people in different forms and to different degrees. However all people who suffer from OCD experience obsessions along with compulsions.
Obsessions are thoughts that are unwanted, depressing, disturbing, unnerving and intrusive. In which a person cannot control. Persistent fears of a particular thing and a seemingly overwhelming need to do things perfectly are common. A person suffering OCD will experience a distressing and anxiety based thought, such as, "will my computer turn back on?", "Did i lock the car?" or "Is something wrong with me?", and a feeling of compulsion will follow to act upon that.
Obsessive compulsions are repetitive, stressful, annoying, painful and upsetting, Some of the things people obsess and portray are;
* Concern with order, symmetry (balance) and exactness
* Showering, Washing Hands
* Repetition of Activities (Usually a certain number of times)
* Turning things on and off
* Starring at objects to make sure the object is ok, or off
* Need for constant reassurance
* Skin lesions because of picking at the skin
* Repeated thoughts that you've done something wrong
* Nervous Ticks
* Unusual Body Movements
During this time the person suffering OCD can feel;
* Increased heart rate
OCD not only affect the sufferer but also family and friends, and leads to a terrible life of stress, sometimes to the point where the sufferer is unable to leave the house.
Cause's Of OCD
The causes are supposebly not fully understood. Some people believe that obsessive-compulsive behavior is a psychological disorder. Whilst others that obsessive-compulsive behavior is caused by abnormalities in the brain.
I believe most OCD sufferers are incline to have this disorder due to genetic and hereditary factors.
However OCD is likely to be the result of several factors and is affected by stressful life events, and family history.
Treatment Of OCD
Medication - medication can be used to change the ways the brain acts and its chemical balance, This may not work in some cases.
Some of the medication used to treat OCD are;
Celexa - Citalopram - Up to 60 mg/day.
Luvox - Fluvoxamine - Up to 300 mg/day.
Paxil - Paroxetine - 40-60 mg/day.
Prozac - Fluoxetine - 40-80 mg/day.
Zoloft - Sertraline - Up to 200 mg/day.
Valium - Diazepam - As Doctors Ordered
(Please note, these medications do not cure OCD and should never be taken without consulting a doctor. I am only stating this medication for information and research purposes only.)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - A doctoror psychologist talks with the person suffering OCD about their symptoms, and tries to work out thinking patterns and different ways of coping.
Support Groups - Join in conversations with other people suffering OCD and learn there ways of living.
Exercise - Carry out a physical activity, but make sure you are listening to music or talking to someone, Never let your brain drift off. Your OCD will become worse
Play Games - Concentrating on games whether electronic or board games, help you forget about the Obsessions and Compulsions
CRY, YELL and SCREAM - Not advised but it works for me
Talk to a friend - Letting someone know can really benefit you, making sure you don't feel alone.
A common misconception is that people are only addicted to alcohol or drugs. But you will be surprised to know that sugar addiction is the most common issue in kids and teenagers. The best solution to this problem is spreading awareness and taking sessions of addiction therapy. We, at AlertenSafe, are here to help you with our expertise in the following ways.
What is addiction therapy ?
Addiction therapy is a type of psychological and medicinal treatment of something that is bothering you too much. It is disturbing you in a way that you do it again and again and after doing that you feel guilty about it. Some people call it even Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) which is addiction to something that you cannot stop thinking about using or doing.
The addiction therapy is done by our specialist therapist who have completed their degrees in this field. Although we all consider ourselves therapists at some point when we are giving your suggestions, that is not the actual therapy that can help someone.
For addictions that are serious like alcohol, sex, pornography, cigarette, etc you need professional help that is provided by the addiction therapists. So, when you feel that you are getting into some kind of addiction, rush to the doctors and discuss your problem. This is the most helpful thing that you can do for yourself because it helps in early diagnosis of the problem, then early consideration in the right way, and ultimately you get rid of it at early stage without the need for medicines and exercising. So, you can say that addiction therapy is helpful for addict individuals who fail to cope up with their problems by themselves.
How it treats different types of addictions in Singapore ?
According to the surveys conducted by our Alertensafe team, one in almost 5 people is suffering from one or another type of addiction. Well, this figure is quite alarming because the ratio is stretching with each passing day. The new type of addictions is introducing that is causing depression and anxiety in society. Given below are some of the addiction types that people face most of the time at present.
1. Drugs and rinks addiction are the topmost right now in the world which is affecting half of the addicts all over the world.
2. Social media and mobile addiction is another sign of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) that is affecting the mental health of people by taking them into anxiety cycles which they cannot get out of easily.
3. The third most important type of addiction is gambling that is taking the youngsters by storm as it distracts them from the right path. They cannot study and focus on anything in their lives and then start taking other types o things that make them addicted to multiple things at the same time.
How addiction therapy can help in treatment?
Well, addiction therapy is the only way that can help in dealing and helping the addicted person for dealing with the problem. It is very simple to deal with addictions if the therapy is done in the right way. Those at the early stage would only need to have sitting sessions, while those at the later stages would need to have medicinal treatment and even exercising on regular basis. So, all you have to do being an addict is that you take care of yourself by reaching out to the therapist who is the only person who could help you out in this situation.
Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms
There are so many withdrawal symptoms of addiction that you can observe immediately when you are getting the addiction therapy. No matter if it is from sex, gambling, or drugs, you will feel similar symptoms almost in every case. So, let us see what are they actually.
1. At the very start, you start to start to feel ache in your head along with dizziness in your body. But slowly it fades away and you get normal in almost a month.
2. You might also start feeling chest tightness in some addiction cases and even to the point of feeling difficulty in breathing. It mostly happens during smoking cessation.
3. Palpitations and uneasy heartbeat may also be felt by many addicts when they are trying to stop taking in food or drinks of which they are addicts.
4. Nausea and stomach ache can also occur in any type of drug addiction therapy because the body is not accepting the change that you are treating it with. So, these symptoms will definitely appear.
5. You might also feel the tension in your muscles and uneasiness in the whole body when you are withdrawing from the addiction at the early stages of treatment.
No matter if a person is a workaholic, drinks too much alcohol, use social media all the time or maybe stick to mobile, are all suffering from addiction. Too much of anything is addiction and when it went to a point when it starts to bother your normal life and mental condition, you should know that you have become an addict. At this point, you would need to seek the help of a therapist that deals with addiction cases. If you do that at early stage, it is the best possible favor you could do for yourself, and to get rid of this problem without going into detailed medicinal treatment and other necessary sitting sessions.
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