It is not easy to deal with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It affects not only the sufferers, but also everyone around them. Due to the psychological nature of this disorder, a person with OCD is often ashamed to admit his or her illness, which makes it more difficult to seek help. It is even more difficult for those around him or her in dealing this because of the complexity of its nature, difficult to understand and to find help and solution.
OCD is often being dismissed by the public as a bad habit. Some might also think that it is something to be ashamed of. Someone with OCD who must count one to five, for eight times before entering a building, for example, might seem normal to him or her, but to others this is clearly bizarre.
There are concerns that need serious considerations. Firstly, it requires careful attention, due to the fact that it is indeed a ‘disorder’. Secondly, the well-being of OCD sufferers should be the main priority, as those left untreated often triggers acute depressions. Finally, self-injuries are often the result of uncontrollable rituals or compulsions associated with OCD, which is why this needs to be treated in an early stage.
In general, there are two methods to deal with OCD. The first is via medications. The second method is what is known as a cognitive behaviour therapy.
Drug treatment is a short-term solution for OCD. Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft are often given to OCD sufferers for a certain period or on an ongoing basis. The side effects of this treatment are the main argument for those who opposed this medication-based treatment. A person with OCD will depend on this medication throughout his or her life. It also does not really tackle the behavioural aspects, which is the core of this disorder.
Cognitive behaviour therapy aims in behaviour modifications. Building a strong mental and emotional drive to manage the obsessions and compulsions is the main purpose of this treatment. Behaviour therapy challenges a person’s endurance and patience, which is why the treatment takes longer than the conventional drug treatments. Besides, behaviour therapy treats actions of a person’s responses as a whole.
It is worth noting that in behaviour modification, there is no single method. In each therapy program, patients are treated individually according to specific needs and response capabilities. Thus, frequent visits to doctors are required to ensure that proper progress examinations are carried out, outlining specific behavioural techniques to tackle the OCD.