Breaking the Chains of OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a complex mental health condition that affects millions of people around the world. It is characterized by intrusive, repetitive thoughts and behaviors that individuals feel compelled to perform. These obsessions and compulsions can cause significant distress and interfere with daily activities, relationships, and work. However, there is hope. With the right support and treatment, individuals with OCD can manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives. 

Understanding OCD

Education is the first step in managing OCD. It is important to learn about the condition and how it affects you. Understanding the root causes of OCD and how it works can help reduce the fear and stigma associated with the disorder. This can also help you identify triggers, manage symptoms, and understand how to communicate with loved ones and healthcare providers about your needs. 


OCD is a complex condition that affects the brain and nervous system. It is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. OCD is believed to result from a problem in the brain’s ability to process information, leading to intrusive and unwanted thoughts, which can trigger anxiety. To cope with this anxiety, individuals may engage in compulsive behaviors, such as hand washing, counting, or checking locks, in an attempt to reduce their distress. However, these compulsions only provide temporary relief and can actually make the obsessions stronger over time. 


Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria or other microorganisms to resist the effects of antibiotics. This occurs when bacteria change to neutralize the drugs designed to kill them, making it difficult or impossible to kill them or stop their growth and ultimately to treat the infection itself.  


Antibiotic resistance is a type of antimicrobial resistance. Fungi, parasites and viruses can also develop drug resistance. 


Contrary to some beliefs about antibiotic resistance, it’s not the body that develop antibiotic resistance —it’s the bacteria. When antibiotic resistance happens, fewer antibiotics are effective against a particular bacterium. There are other alternative antibiotics which can help, but with management of infections, it is important to have as many treatment options available as possible. 

Seeking Professional Help

If you suspect that you or someone you love is struggling with OCD, it is important to seek professional help. A mental health professional can provide a diagnosis and develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Treatment for OCD typically involves a combination of therapy and medication. 


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that is often used to treat OCD. CBT helps individuals identify and challenge their negative thoughts and beliefs, and develop more positive and realistic ways of thinking. A specific form of CBT called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is particularly effective for treating OCD. ERP involves gradually exposing individuals to their fears and teaching them to resist performing compulsive behaviors. This retrains the brain and helps reduce the intensity of obsessive thoughts over time. 


Medication is also a valuable tool in the treatment of OCD. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed medications for OCD. SSRIs help regulate the levels of serotonin in the brain, which can reduce the severity of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Antidepressants and other medications may also be used to treat OCD, depending on an individual’s specific needs. 

Developing a Support System

Managing OCD can be a lonely and isolating experience. Talking about your struggles with trusted loved ones, friends, or a support group can help you feel less alone and more understood. Connecting with others who have had similar experiences can provide a sense of community, validation, and hope. It can also help you learn from others’ coping strategies and feel empowered to take control of your condition. 

Practicing Self-Care

Self-care is an essential component of managing OCD. Maintaining physical and emotional well-being can help reduce the severity of symptoms and improve overall quality of life. Simple self-care practices, such as getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in regular physical activity, can make a significant impact. It is also important to engage in activities that bring joy and relaxation, such as reading, gardening, or listening to music. 

Staying on Track

OCD can be a chronic condition, which means that symptoms may persist over time. However, with the right support, tools, and determination, individuals with OCD can manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives. It is important to stick with your treatment plan and attend regular therapy sessions, take medication as prescribed, and engage in self-care practices. Regular check-ins with a mental health professional can help monitor symptoms and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. 


It is also important to be patient and understanding with yourself. Recovery from OCD can be a long and challenging journey, but it is important to remember that progress is possible and that setbacks are normal. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people who understand your condition and encourage you in your journey. 


In conclusion, OCD can be a debilitating condition, but with the right support, education, and treatment, recovery is possible. Seek professional help, practice exposure and response prevention, develop a support system, engage in self-care, and stay on track with your treatment plan. Remember, you are not alone in this journey and with time, effort, and determination, you can overcome your symptoms and live a fulfilling life. 


About The Author

Dr. Krisca is a highly-educated and skilled physician who has obtained a BS Public Health degree from the University of the Philippines Manila and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the De La Salle Medical Health Sciences Institute. She is a licensed physician and also a Registered Medical Technologist. She has received additional training in Hemodialysis for Non-Nephro Physicians on duty and has completed online courses in related fields like depression in populations from John Hopkins University and positive psychiatry from The University of Sydney. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of International Health in the University of the Philippines. 


Dr. Krisca is known for her outstanding skills and compassionate approach to healthcare that make a positive impact on people’s lives. Through her passion for healthcare, she hopes to make a difference in the world and help people lead healthier, happier lives. 

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