For those who haven't got the time to read The Star, 'The Doctor Says' (by Dr. Milton Lum) column, 19th June edition, let me share some information with you.
What is OCD?? Have any of you heard about it? Or are you one of it? Here are some value information that can give you a clear picture of it.
"It is known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a chronic condition associated with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviour. People who can't stop thinking about or doing things for example washing hands.It is an obsession of an unwanted, unpleasant or frightening thought, image, or urge which occurs repeatedly and results in anxiety and distress. A compulsion is known as a repetitive, intentional behaviour or mental act that a person feels compelled to do to avoid or undo the effects of an obsession. It can occur at any age including childhood. Males usually develop symptom earlier than females. "
" Many cases of OCD are undiagnosed because the sufferers do not know that it is a treatable condition. Some of those who realise that OCD is an illness may be reluctant to seek help or can't accept that they have mental condition. Causes are unknown but some evidence suggesting that it may be due to genetic factors."Some of the clinical features
- Obsession, in which there are overwhelming, constant concern or fear
- Anxiety that results from the obsession
- Compulsion, in which there is compulsive behaviour to decrease the anxiety and distress
- Compulsion brings relief, but this is temporary as the obsession recurs, causing the cycle to start all over again.
But after I read this article,1 question pop into my mind. Is being a perfectionist is a part of OCD? This is a question that I need to figure out my own as being me, I can called myself as a perfectionist!