Living with OCD

by oli.langevin_10 on September 11, 2013 - 10:06pm

The article published by BBC News talks about the difficulties a young man is living with everyday. His diffculty is OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). Various types of OCD's exist, but in this article the young man has symetrical OCD. What this means is that he has to do everything with both his left hand and right hand or left foot or right foot. As he explains, it may seem simple to live with and not to overwhelming, but when you think about it you realize how hard it actually is. Let's say he touches something like a wall with his right arm he has to touch it again with his left arm within a minute or else he starts to have panic attacks. He is going through several treatments, but believes he will never be completly cured. He attended a rehabilitation camp with other OCD patients and had several talking therapy's which helped him increase the gap of 1 minute to 30. He explains that living with OCD slows him down on simple tasks because it demands more effort and concentration. OCD patients have more exhausting days because of all the effort they put into doing certain things. Finally the article said that 1.2% of UK citizens live with OCD's with many more that haven't discovered it yet.


I found this article quite interesting because OCD's aren't something you would thing about everyday. We hear about depression, anxiety issues and other common problems, but we don't really hear about OCD. It's something that we must that into consideration because it makes lives so much harder for people and make's me realize that some mental illnesses aren't as easy to cure or make people forget about them with medication. I am hopping people out there living with OCD's get the help they need and aren't penalized for work or other acitivities they might want to do.


this was a really great review. I had no idea of this form of OCD and it was very surprising to hear this exists. it's very thought provoking to think about how they must cope with their disorder on a daily basis. you bring up some good points about how it is not an advertised disorder which makes people less aware of it. 1.2% is shockingly high for a disorder which is not well advertised.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a disease that would affect over 2 million American adults. Very often people are not even aware of what OCD is. In fact, OCD is an anxiety disorder that makes people suffering of it to obsess on specific things compulsively. For example, one can be obsessive germophobia and feel the need to wash their hands more than twenty times per hour.

In this article, doctors discuss the possibility of treatment for OCDs by exposing people suffering from this mental illness to their obsession or by antidepressants.

Bringing back the example of a germophobic, doctors believe that if the patient is asked not to wash his hands for a day and to see that nothing bad had happened. The study has shown than although efficient, this treatment does not work on everybody, so another way to treat OCD would be by antidepressants. However, according to Dr. Kerry Ressler, co-director of the study, antidepressants do not cure OCDs, they only hide their symptoms. On the other hand, the exposure treatment could go up to cure completely a specific obsession.

As we can see, OCD is a mental disease that can be treated, so people can live their lives without having to suffer from them everyday.