OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Week of Action 2017: 20th-26th February
What is Week of Action?
OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Week of Action is a campaigning week, where we invite people to take action against OCD. The week is an opportunity for everyone to fight collectively to beat OCD and change people’s perceptions of mental health and the stigma that surrounds it. Everyone can get involved and take action, whether you’re personally affected, know someone who is, or just want to help improve the lives of those affected by the condition.
OCD and Acupuncture
OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder, is one of the most common mental health disorders. A lot of us have low levels of OCD about certain things, which is completely normal. When one suffers from serious OCD, it can greatly impede on their quality of living and everyday activities.
OCD is characterized as an anxiety disorder and involves irrational repeated actions. For example, someone with OCD may check on things or perform tasks repeatedly, causing distress and getting in the way of everyday tasks. Another common behaviour is cleaning obsessively and being irrationally afraid of germs, and washing hands until the skin is raw and sore.
OCD can be to a degree a hereditary disorder or can come from or increase with traumatic or stressful situations in life. Many people have a degree of OCD who have everything in a specific order, and for example a person who checks the door is looked a few times. This is not a problem when the person is in control, of emotions connected to this. A stressful, traumatic or chronic stressful situation can raise anxiety to a point where the OCD can control the person and the way they live their life, which can be overpowering.
Traditional five element acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine and can also offer an alternative treatment to help OCD and can help with the effects of medication taken for this disorder. It can help with the underlying problems that cause the OCD. Traditional five element acupuncture works with each person on all levels of the body, mind and spirit caring for each individual’s needs and circumstances.