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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: Introduction

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a behavioural disorder involving obsessive thoughts and compulsive acts. Washers and cleaners represent one form of manifestation of OCD and involves obsessive thoughts and compulsions about contamination of any form - germs, bacteria, viruses, dirt etc. Sufferers feel compelled to safeguard themselves and their surroundings from contamination but repeatedly washing their hands and cleaning surfaces, their clothes and other objects in their environment. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners is available below.

Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners

  • Repeatedly hand washing
  • Abnormally frequent showers
  • Frequent unnecessary washing of clothes
  • Frequent unnecessary cleaning of houses - may clean the house a number of times each day
  • Repeatedly clean surfaces in the home
  • more symptoms...»

Treatments for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners

  • There are a number of factors which must be taken into account when determining what form of treatment to use:
  • Severity of symptoms
  • Treatments that have worked in the past for that patient
  • Patients attitude or willingness to take medications
  • Individual motivation to undergo and comply with therapy
  • more treatments...»

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Causes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners

  • The exact cause is still unable to be fully determined but the two main theories are:
  • Biological factors - anomalies in the brain structure. This theory is supported by the fact that brain surgery can alleviate some cases.
  • Serotonin theory - low levels of serotonin. This theory is supported by the fact that the use of medications to increase serotonin levels (SSRI's) can alleviate symptoms in OCD sufferers.
  • The reality may well be that there is more than one cause and this coupled with environmental factors can trigger OCD
  • More than half of patients suffer OCD as a life-long chronic condition with periods of exacerbation and improvement
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Prognosis for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners

Prognosis for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: Symptoms tend to develop gradually unless they are triggered by a stressful event and patients tend not to acknowledge their symptoms until they become more severe which leads to delayed treatment and a greater establishment of the obsessive-compulsive behaviors in the person's daily routine. Treatment can lead to a good prognosis though treatment is often required on a life-long basis. Complete recovery to the point of no longer requiring treatment is considered uncommon. A percentage of people (10-20% in some reports) fail to respond to regular, noninvasive treatment and require hospitalization and more drastic treatment measures such as surgery. Well over half of patients (up to 80% in some reports) with OCD develop depression. Roughly 10% develop other related conditions such as trichotillomania, anorexia nervosa, bulimia and Tourette's syndrome.

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More information about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners

  1. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder -- Washers and Cleaners: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Types
  8. Complications
  9. Prognosis
 

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