Obsession can be associated with things like collecting valuable stuff, attractions to people or celebrities, and even a sense of perfectionism. However, upsetting thoughts that uncontrollably comes into your mind, like pictures or unusual urges, can also turn into an obsession. When these things become so overwhelming, they develop certain habits that you are strongly compelled to do. Examples of this are repeatedly washing of hands, cleaning of personal belongings, and performing rituals over and over.
Despite what most people think, OCD can be ‘treated’. This does not mean totally eliminating the condition and its implication to your mental and psychological states. OCD cannot be easily cured, but it can be controlled.
There are two major ways that people can deal with OCD - medical and psychological treatment.
Medicine with anti-obsessive and anti-compulsive effects can help to reduce and suppress the symptoms of OCD. Some medicines that are used to treat OCD are also anti-depressants because they are also used to treat depression. People have different reactions to OCD medication. This is because each person with OCD has different source and reasons for this disorder. Aside from that, the level and intensity of obsession and compulsion is different for each case. Nonetheless, proper medication can help a lot in treating the condition.
The qualitative aspect of the disorder can be treated by means of behavioral therapies and psychotherapeutic techniques given by professional psychologists. Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy is one way to treat the disorder. By exposing the patients to things that trigger their OCD symptoms, it can be controlled eventually. Combining medication and behavioral therapy can usually speed up the treatment process.
Not everyone can handle the challenges of behavioral therapies, and many people end up dropping out of the treatment. OCD treatment requires preparedness, physically and emotionally. A good advice is to get you physically conditioned for the treatment by eating healthy and doing exercise routines. And most importantly, you need to get the best professional support for the most effective treatment.