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Anxiety and OCD

Life isn’t supposed to be filled with worry and fear. But for individuals suffering from an anxiety disorder, life can feel burdensome and frightening, with fear overwhelming every aspect of life and excessive worrying keeping sufferers from their day-to-day activities.Anxiety disorders are serious medical illnesses that affect many people. These disorders are chronic, relentless and if left untreated, can grow progressively worse. A person’s life can be disrupted by sudden and incapacitating panic attacks or they are hit with unbearable and pervasive feelings of unrest from anxiety.

If you or someone you know is dealing with an anxiety disorder, you may notice the following symptoms:

Social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, is another type of anxiety disorder. It causes individuals to feel an overwhelming sense of anxiety and self-consciousness in what seem to be everyday situations. Individuals suffering from social anxiety experience persistent and intense fears of being watched and judged by others. Their worries might be so severe that they can feel unable to deal with them.

Social anxiety disorder may lead individuals to retreat into themselves and avoid activities that they might otherwise enjoy. While it may feel crippling, help is available.

Symptoms of social anxiety disorder include:

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is also known as just “OCD,” is more than just something on television shows. It’s a real disease and everyday people face it on a daily basis. OCD is an overwhelming disorder that involves anxious thoughts or rituals that seem uncontrollable to those suffering from it. Individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder may feel plagued by persistent, unwelcome thoughts or images. Those very images are sometimes coupled with an urgent need to engage in certain rituals that can interfere with daily life, often forcing individuals to retreat from their world and become completely occupied in their own rituals.

Individuals suffering from OCD may be obsessed with something as common as germs or dirt deal with it by excessively washing their hands throughout the day. Other forms of OCD involve feeling the need to check things repeatedly such as light switches and the arrangement of their pantries, or count and touch objects such as windows and doorknobs constantly. Individuals with OCD may also feel that their peace of mind is interrupted by sudden unwanted violent, sexual or even religious thoughts. Because of its nature, obsessive compulsive disorder sufferers often spend hours with their rituals, not allowing them to live their lives.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a complex disease that many sufferers find shameful. Whether they perform their rituals in public or alone, inevitably they feel trapped by their problems. If you notice anyone with the following symptoms, please contact Brookhaven Hospital for help.

You and your family don’t have to be trapped by obsessive-compulsive disorder.

If you think that you or someone you know might be suffering from an anxiety disorder, please contact Brookhaven Hospital at 1-888-298-4673.

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