A Deeper Look into Obsessive-compulsive-disorder (OCD)

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A deeper look into obsessive-compulsive-disorder (OCD) and the biological, psychological and environmental factors that could contribute.

A deeper look into this disorder

Following on from my Last Obsessive compulsive disorder article, and taking in account the feedback and questions I have had, I would like to delve a little deeper into this disabling illness, which is a type of anxiety disorder, that traps people into a endless cycle of repetitive thoughts and behaviours.

Top of the list of questions was “what causes Obsessive compulsive disorder?”

Well we really don’t know, but the theory that a combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors could well be leading contenders in the establishment of this disorder.

Neurons send signals to the brain

The brain is full of Neurons (Nerve cells) and these little rascals talk and work together to help the body work in the correct way, they tell us when we hurt, how to move our limbs and all the other things we do, as soon as we want to do something, or we bang our finger an electrical signal send a message to the neurons in our brain and “hey presto” we do it.

There is a belief that our little neurons can be affected by various events or even viruses and the result is, the signal becomes weak and so the message fails to get through, leading to the wrong message being received.

One thought is our parents could pass on this affection leading to a belief that OCD may be inherited

It has also been found; that there is a link between the Streptococcus bacteria and the mechanism of neurons, if the person contracts the disease and it go’s untreated it can result in a weak signal.

Environmental factors

Some Of the environmental factors that could cause or even worsen OCD;

  • Abuse

  • The way we live

  • Various Illnesses

  • The loss or death of a loved one

  • Problems at school or work

  • And relationship problems

Any, or all of these, can contribute to the imbalance of our neurons.

How can OCD be diagnosed and prevented?

Another of the Questions asked was how can OCD be diagnosed and prevented?

We don’t have a magic test or any other way to diagnose Obsessive compulsive disorder other then observation and assessment, for example “How much time it takes a subject to complete a task”

OCD cannot be prevented. However, early diagnosis and treatment can help reduce the time a person spends suffering from the condition.

Treatment can include cognitive behaviour therapy, understanding and patience.

Other factors which contribute to OCD include the fear of dirt and harming others, dispelling theses fears could go a long way to controlling OCD.


Biological, Brain, Compulsive, Disorder, Neurons, Obsessive, Psychological

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author avatar Pinkchic18
10th Sep 2010 (#)

Very accurate and informational post here. Thank you for sharing!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
3rd May 2012 (#)

Hello, Johnnydod: I looked up this page as I have sometimes thought I have OCD. At this time, I am 298 messages behind and I feel compelled to respond to them all.

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author avatar johnnydod
3rd May 2012 (#)

Hope the article helps Ivy

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