WHAT IS OCD?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental disorder in which a person experiences recurring thoughts over and over again. In simple words, OCD is a disorder of the brain and behaviour. Some might feel obsession and compulsions at the same time.
Many people like to keep their surroundings neat and tidy. We call them clean freaks. OCD isn’t just about being a clean freak, it’s more than that! An obsessive thought can be a number or the belief that certain colours are bad. While if a person is experiencing a compulsion, he might face the urge to wash his/her hands over and over again, this is not something which everyone does regularly without any sane reason.
People with OCD have these common actions like interfering in someone else’s work or social life, hating someone wearing certain coloured clothes.
WHAT CAUSES OCD?
Medical experts don’t have any clue till date what is the root cause of OCD. However, many researchers suggest if your family members have a history of being diagnosed with OCD there’s a chance of experiencing the same.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, a neurotransmitter called Serotonin might have been linked to the condition.
Mental disorders are characterized by imbalance in Mann(mind), Smriti (memory), and Chesta (psychomotor activities) are either individual or whole.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF OCD:
Signs and symptoms can be either obsession or compulsion or both. These symptoms can interfere with patients’ lives.
Obsessions like intrusive, unwanted thoughts, persistent, impulses that give rise to anxiety or distress.
- Deliberately harming oneself or others, unwanted thoughts of attacking someone. ● Stubbornness about certain things should be symmetrical or in a perfect order.
- Irrelevant sexual urges or violent thoughts
- Unnecessary worry about loved ones.
- Interrupting images, sounds or words.
Compulsions are responses to obsessive thoughts. Once an obsession hits their brain, they are compelled to take action to relieve their anxiety.
- Washing hands or something repeatedly.
- Always needs assurance from others.
- Keeps on repeating words in their head.
- Committing homosexual or pedophilic acts.
How does Ayurveda help mental disorders?
Ayurvedic treatment methodology for OCD incorporates both inner prescriptions and treatments, after surveying the patients’ clinical conditions. Treatments like talam, nasya (enemA) and Dhāra (pouring of therapeutic liquid in a specific method) which act at advancing dependability in neurological steadiness, and satvaavajaya(treatment which advances sattva nature in person in this way control brain and body) ~ to behavioral treatment supported and furthermore rasayana medicines for maintenance of treatment viability.
Aashvasana Chikitsa(Counseling Techniques)
Aashvasana Chikitsa comprises reading of religious books, speaking wise thoughts by the aid of patience, memory and contemplation. Basically, detoxifying the brain and providing peace.
Yoga and meditation can really help patients with OCD. Yoga has been shown to be effective as a way to treat many different types of psychiatric disorders. The Yoga Asanas which might help in OCD are; Kundalini yoga, Shanmukhi mudra, Pranayma, Bhastrika, Sirsasana, Shavana, etc.
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Author of the Blog: Dr.Ronak Naik
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