Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Today we’ve been talking about
repetitive actions and rituals that are part of OCD and how those can
disrupt normal life. Now in Melissa’s case it has become so
frustrating when she’s around her sister Justine. But I wanna talk about OCD some more so I invited my good
friend Doctor Freda Lewis-Hall Chief Medical Officer at Pfizer to
join in the conversation, so welcome. From a medical standpoint explain OCD. Well first of all let me say, it
disrupts every aspect of life um what causes it we’re not certain. It can run in
families so we know there’s genetics at play but they’re also
biological environmental factors, and likely a combination of those
things that are the cause. Right, and so let’s talk about the dangers
of OCD because we saw some of the things with Melissa and
how disrupts her life. But let’s talk about some the actual
dangers. There can be some really serious consequences to OCD, three things to remember. First OCD is often complicated by the fact that it coexists with other
illnesses anxiety disorders, depression and other
mental illnesses. Second, a complication is that many patients go on to
self-medicate by using alcohol drugs or both and then
third last but absolutely not least is that
people with OCD are at high risk for suicide and
especially if they also suffer with depression. Now
earlier in the show we had Melissa who started showing symptoms have OCD at an early age why is that important as
on-set time? I’m so glad you asked that, you know
statistics tell us that 2.2 million adults in the US suffer from OCD but it’s so important to now that in many cases this disease starts in
childhood or in the teen years and so what should parents and
caregivers know? They should be vigilant in recognizing
the signs and symptoms of OCD and then bring those things to the
attention to their health care provider, and that’s especially important because
OCD is a chronic illness, early detection and
diagnosis is really key. What are the best tools for managing OCD? If it’s diagnosed you know that it’s
there. So again this is a chronic illness were
looking to manage it and their number tools and treatments
that are available. One that’s really important is cognitive
behavioral therapy this is that they are paid that helps
people challenge their thinking and their actions are their behavior
there other therapies that are used and medications that are available and often these things in combination
are used to help manage and of course information as always is
the key so for people who want to know more
about OCD they can go to gethealthystayhealthy.com

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