WHAT IS OCD?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD for short, is a chronic (long-term) mental health condition that is usually associated with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour. It is regarded as a type of anxiety disorder.
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Survivors of industrial “schools” will know only too well what it is like to live with OCD.
I remember when I was learning to drive, I simply would not start the car for the instructor until the cars on the other side of the motorway were gone. It was so utterly illogical, as they were far away, and not in any way a hinderance to me, but they still had to disappear before I would dream of starting up.
I also remember when I arrived at the exam centre to do my Junior Cert, the table had to be just right before I would start the papers. I was terribly on edge because of it wobbling. I know that it had also to do with being nervous, but all the others in the classroom were in the same boat as me, and were not getting all aggravated because of the faulty tables.
I don’t see hoarding mentioned here, but that would be one of my biggest traits, that even the thought of hoarding sends me into a spin.
The areas of the brain affected in obsessive compulsive disorder (advanced)
Patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) exhibit increased metabolic activity in the cortico-basal ganglia network compared with healthy controls. Hyperactive neurotransmitter circuits between the cortex, basal ganglia and thalamus have been implicated in the disorder. Hypofunction of serotonergic neurones arising from the rostral raphe nucleus may result in a lack of inhibitory effect on the putative OCD pathway. Furthermore, overactivity of dopaminergic neurones arising from the substantia nigra may produce excessive excitation in the brain areas implicated in OCD. Click image to enlarge.
CNSforum | The areas of the brain affected in obsessive compulsive …… may result in a lack of inhibitory effect on the putative OCD pathway.Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychological disorder characterized by thoughts that produce stress or anxiety, by repetitive behaviors or by combinations of such thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions). Extensive hoarding, repetitive hand washing or pre occupation with religious, sexual or aggressive impulses can be the symptoms of this type of disorder.