What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
The National Institute of Mental Health states that “OCD is a common, chronic disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over in response to the obsession.”
While everyone sometimes feels the need to double check things, people with OCD have out of control thoughts that cause them anxiety, urging them to check things repeatedly or perform routines and rituals constantly to bring relief from anxiety. However, left untreated, these thoughts and rituals cause the person great affliction and interrupt in their daily lives.
What are the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
People with OCD may have obsessions, compulsions, or both. Below are common obsessions and compulsions traits for individuals suffering from OCD.
Obsessions may include:
- Fear of germs or contamination
- Fear of losing or misplacing something
- Having things symmetrical or in perfect order
- Worrying about harm coming towards oneself or others
Compulsions may include:
- Repeatedly checking on things, such as making sure that the door is locked or the oven is off
- Keeping or hoarding unnecessary objects
- Excessively cleaning or washing a body part
- Constantly seeking reassurance
CBD for OCD?
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is generally treated with cognitive behavior therapy and medication. In recent years, CBD oil has attracted increasing interest as a potential anxiolytic treatment. What Cannabidiol can do for OCD is sooth panic. In Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, panic follows an intrusive thought and leads to some automatically compulsive response. CBD potentially can reduce the response.
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