How is OCD treated in Singapore?
Treatment. A combination of medication and behavioural therapy has been found to be effective in significantly reducing the symptoms of OCD. Medication may be prescribed before or during behaviour therapy if there is indication of severe depression.
What is an OCD person like?
OCD obsessions are repeated, persistent and unwanted thoughts, urges or images that are intrusive and cause distress or anxiety. You might try to ignore them or get rid of them by performing a compulsive behavior or ritual. These obsessions typically intrude when you’re trying to think of or do other things.
What is OCD in simple terms?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disorder in which people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions).
How common is OCD in Singapore?
The most common behaviour that people are aware of is washing of hands, excessively. However, OCD is more than just about washing hands (Baker, 2018). OCD is among one of the top three mental disorders in Singapore and it has been increasing over the years. Currently, 1 in 28 people have OCD (Chandra, 2019).
What triggers OCD?
They can be triggered by a personal crisis, abuse, or something negative that affects you a lot, like the death of a loved one. It’s more likely if people in your family have OCD or another mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety. OCD symptoms include obsessions, compulsions, or both.
What is the root cause of OCD?
Causes of OCD
Compulsions are learned behaviours, which become repetitive and habitual when they are associated with relief from anxiety. OCD is due to genetic and hereditary factors. Chemical, structural and functional abnormalities in the brain are the cause.
What cures OCD?
As with all forms of mental illness, there is no known OCD cure. While medication can reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of OCD if you stop taking the drug it is likely that your symptoms will return.
Does OCD get worse with age?
Because symptoms usually worsen with age, people may have difficulty remembering when OCD began, but can sometimes recall when they first noticed that the symptoms were disrupting their lives.
Can OCD go away?
OCD tends not to go away on its own and without treatment it is likely to persist into adulthood. In fact, many adults who receive a diagnosis of OCD report that some symptoms started during childhood.
Are people with OCD sensitive to touch?
People with OCD may seem distracted or unable to focus, and are often sensitive to touch and sound. If their OCD is uncontrolled, they can show symptoms of a mood disorder, including difficulty sleeping, lethargy, and deep feelings of shame and guilt.