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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Causes, Symptoms And Treatments






One form of OCD was Monica’s obsession for keeping things clean and being organized and the other one was Sheldon’s fear of germs. But to your surprise, this condition is much more than that. OCD or obsessive compulsive disorder is a mental disorder where the sufferer has obsessive thoughts and shows repetitive behaviors. The victim can have unreasonable thoughts and fears, all of which interfere with daily life activities. In some cases the patient is aware of this condition and tries to suppress such repetitive behaviors. But that backfires in a different way and causes a great deal of distress. And ultimately, you are driven to perform the required actions to feel relaxed. This is what makes OCD a ritualistic and vicious circle.

Sometimes, in order to fulfill the obsession, a person ends up harming oneself. For example, if a person has fear of germs, he or she is driven to wash hands every now and then till they become sore and chapped. Other instances include continuous negative thoughts about a family member being harmed or keeping every item in a set place.

And even if it moves one spot ahead, it causes distress and irritation. OCDs can make a person feel embarrassed and ill-at-ease because this condition, in a way, robs the sufferer of self-control. Even if you wish to control this obsession or stop such strange behaviors, you fail to do so because you feel powerless.


What are the causes of OCD?

Despite the wealth of knowledge and research, experts are not very well aware of the causes of OCD. They say that the brains of people with OCD do not look normal but they still need to dig out some relevant reasons for it. Women are more prone to this condition than men. Its symptoms show in teenage or in young adults and stress makes things worse. The following can make you more prone to OCDs.

  1. Family history, a parent or sibling with OCD

  2. Depression and anxiety

  3. Trauma

  4. A history or sexual abuse as a child

  5. Changes in the body’s natural functions and brain chemistry

  6. Genes could also be responsible for this condition

  7. Environmental factors such as infections could also be responsible for OCDs.

What are the symptoms of OCD?

People affected with OCD are prone to repetitive behaviors. However, they are well aware of the fact that their actions do not make any sense. Despite this, they fail to control their obsessions; not because they don’t want to, but because they just can’t control. And even if they succeed at controlling themselves, they feel ill-at-ease, which forces them to repeat their obsessions.

These obsessions could be anything; being a cleanliness freak, having continuous thoughts about sex, violence and religion or some body parts. These thoughts could also include the following:

  1. Fear of being dirty or acquiring germs

  2. Worrying about being hurt or others being hurt

  3. Obsessive need for having things in order

  4. Thinking that some numbers or colors are good and the rest are bad

  5. Being aware of bodily sensations like breathing and blinking

  6. Being suspicious about a partner’s faithfulness

Besides these, the sufferer can also have some compulsive habits like:

  1. Washing hands again and again

  2. Following only a specific order for all tasks and doing it religiously and a ‘good’ number of times

  3. Checking locked doors and lights repetitively

  4. A need to count things like steps

  5. Keeping things in a specific manner, like keeping the cans facing the front

  6. Being scared of touching door knobs and shaking hands

What are the treatment options for OCD?

OCD is a condition, which, if left untreated can become chronic and is likely to accompany you for a very long time. If a person does not receive the appropriate treatment for OCD in time, the likelihood of getting better goes down.

The treatment for it, however, will depend on the extent to which the obsessions and compulsions affect a person’s quality of life. Though there is no sure-shot cure for OCDs; talk therapies and psychotherapies can help you control the symptoms, especially when they start interfering with your quality of life.



Bring Blood Sugar Down with These Home Remedies

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Dealing with high blood sugar when you are pre-diabetic can be tough since having elevated glucose levels can push you to having diabetes. The problem with this condition is that it’s not just the adults who are prone to it, but even youngsters too. If your diabetes has been detected early on, there are certain precautions that you need to take to keep your blood sugar levels at a normal level, but this doesn’t mean that you should wait to be diagnosed before taking care of yourself. If your family has a history of diabetes, then these home remedies may help keep your blood sugar levels in check.

Bitter gourd

Bitter gourd contains charanthin which is a type of chemical that lowers your blood glucose levels. When consumed, this vegetable boosts the amount of pancreatic insulin in your body to help rectify the imbalance. Nutritionists recommend this vegetable to those who have diabetes as it helps keep their blood glucose in check.



Another home remedy that can help you with your diabetes problem is gooseberry which is known to contain high amounts of vitamin C. This particular vitamin can actually benefit your pancreas since it keeps your insulin levels in check. You can combine it with bitter gourd for a powerful remedy or you can eat it raw too if you like.

Aloe vera

This plant is commonly used in treating hair and skin problems, but it appears that it can also contribute to regulating your blood sugar levels too. Packed with phytosterols, aloe vera can help reduce the sugar levels in your blood safely. You can use it along with bay leaves and turmeric which can also help with your blood sugar problems.


Also referred to as Indian lilac, the bitter taste that it has is actually good for your diabetes problem. Adding neem to your diet can regulate your blood sugar levels by boosting your insulin activity without any difficulty. Before using this remedy, however, you should consult with your doctor first, especially when your glucose level is consistently high.


Okra is another healthy vegetable that can help you deal with your high blood sugar levels. Cut the okra in half and soak them in water overnight. Drink this solution while your stomach is empty in the morning as it can help boost your digestion.

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That One Exercise You Need That Tightens Your Every Muscle

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One of the most popular and most effective exercises around the world would be the Plank. Some may hear that this is only good for the abs, but it also affects also the muscles of the whole body. Try doing this for five minutes a day and be surprised by the results. This may seem easy, but to be in such a position in 2 minutes – is not really a convenient task. A large number of muscles are activated, doing this with consistency, this will result to a you stronger back, tight ass with no cellulite, shaped legs and flat stomach.

How to exercise the “Plank” correctly and effectively:

Plank is a static exercise. It does not require movement, so it is important to keep the body properly.


Lie on the floor on your stomach down. Bend your elbows 90 degrees and set in the lying position on your elbows. The body should form a straight line from head to heels. Rely only on your forearms and the fingertips on your feet. The elbows should be directly under your shoulders. Keep your body as flat as possible, strain the abdominal muscles and do not relax. Try not to lower your hips toward the floor.


Assemble them. It will be difficult to keep the balance that will increase pressure on the abdominal muscles.


They should be straight and tight, otherwise, the pressure in the right abdominal muscle, which reserves the lumbar spine, will also be reduced.


Stretch and do not relax until the end of the exercise, as this increases the activation of all muscles of the lower torso.

Lower back

The most important moment. For proper execution of the exercise, your lower back should be flat. This means that it must not be curved or dented. Imagine that your back adheres tightly to the wall.


Bring it in, and in such a position, try to even tuck it under the ribs. During the exercise hold your stomach in such a position, but do not hold your breath.


To avoid unnecessary burden on your shoulders, put your elbows directly below the shoulder joints.

Hold this position as long as you can. To begin with, is enough for 10 seconds. As a rule, people with different physical readiness maintain this posture for 10 seconds to 2 minutes. After a break of 2 minutes, repeat the exercise. 5 repetitions will be enough. If you are a beginner, do not try to break the record, start slowly.

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Why do people suffer from nosebleed during summers; ways to stop it

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Summers in India are harsh, and the side effect of the heat leads to health problems like dehydration, heat strokes, skin rashes and many more. A common problem that occurs during this season is nosebleed. Although it is most common in children, a nosebleed can also affect adults when the mercury rises.

So what leads to nosebleed? When the minute blood capillaries burst due to hot air, or due to nose picking, the protective mucus coating inside the nose gets dry which leads to bleeding. Although rare, the inability of the blood to clot can also cause the nose to bleed at times. In some cases, high blood pressure can also be a cause.

How you can stop nosebleeds in hot weather


Although it can be a bit messy, nose bleeds usually are not serious and can be easily stopped. Here are some quick ways you can try if you are prone to nose bleeds during the summer season.

  • Rubbing ice against your nose can be effective in controlling nose bleeds. The ice helps in reducing the swelling in the blood vessels.
  • Ensure to eat foods that are rich in vitamin C. Fruits and vegetables like guavas, kale, mustard, parsley, oranges, strawberries, and lemons help in blood clotting.
  • If your nose suddenly starts to bleed, quickly elevate your head and sit in an upright position until the bleeding stops.
  • It is advised to keep washing your face with cold water so that the nostrils also say hydrated.
  • Cover your head with a cap or a scarf when outdoors. Also, cover your nose with a handkerchief or a cotton cloth to avoid hot air drying the insides of the nose.
  • Taking steam also works wonders as it cleans the respiratory passage and moistens and protects the nasal cavity as well as reduces nasal irritation.

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