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Overcoming OCD

What is OCD?


More often than not OCD is lightly thrown around in coverastions with statements such as "I'm so OCD" being used to describe one own's perfectionist tendencies. However, OCD is much more than meets the eye. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and walks of life, and occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions (International OCD Foundation).



How OCD can affect your mental health


People with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both. These symptoms can interfere with all aspects of life, such as work, school, and personal relationships. Obsessions are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety (National Institute of Mental Health).



Asian American Mental Health Impacts


Asian Americans fear being thought of as weak or "crazy" for having a psychological disorder perhaps more than any other group. Shame and embarrassment force many to struggle in silence and never seek help (Putting People First In Mental Health).



Latino Americans Mental Health Impacts


Previous research has documented that ethnic minorities, particularly Latinos, obtain fewer mental health services than Caucasians. Conceivably, this may be due to a wide array of cultural issues (e.g., negative stigma attached to mental health, and language, socio-economic, and acculturation barriers), symptom disparities across Caucasian and Latino groups, or lack of effective outreach methods by clinicians and researchers (National Institute of Mental Health).



African American Mental Health Impacts


African Americans with OCD reported more contamination symptoms and were twice as likely to report excessive concerns with animals as White patients with OCD, which is consistent with studies conducted with non-clinical samples (National Institute of Mental Health).



Ways to Cope with OCD



Create a sleep routine and stick to it


OCD induced anxiety can make it hard to sleep. But sleep is important for good mental health. Instead of expecting to lie down and drift off to dreamland, create a sleep routine that sets your body up for success. Swap the time you spend looking at screens for 10 minutes of relaxing music or a warm bath. Dim noise and lighting and adjust the temperature in your bedroom so you go to sleep, and stay asleep all night.



Practice and learn relaxation techniques


Your body can't relax if it doesn't know how. Relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, taking a walk in nature, or drawing a picture teach your body how it feels to be calm. Try a few to find what works best for you, and spend 30 minutes a day on it.



Call or meet up with a close friend


Don't hold it all in. Help is as close as your phone or computer. Sometimes the simple act of saying out loud what you're thinking can lower anxiety and give you some perspective.



Stay nourished to maintain a good mood


The only thing more important than eating healthy food is eating it regularly. When you're hungry, your blood sugar drops. This can make you cranky or tired. Start with a daily breakfast, and try to eat small meals more often instead of big meals at lunch and dinner.



Get your body moving and active


When you feel anxious, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. It's helpful in small doses but harmful at high levels. Regular exercise keeps your cortisol levels in check and benefits everything from your bones and organs to the numbers on your scale.



Celebrate your victories!


Learning how to live with OCD takes time. Like any other goal, you’ll have successes and setbacks. Yes, it's important to work on your OCD, but it's just as important to step back and cheer the big and small progress you make along the way.


(WebMD)



I appreciate you checking in for another week! As a little bonus here a little motivation and some statistics for this upcoming week.




























































If you want to test your memory. Try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.

- E. Joseph Cossman



 


Hi I'm the author of this blog post,

Tanveer Singh


I'm a junior in high school who enjoys watching cheesy movies, playing tennis, and spending time with friends/family. My favorite color is blue and I will never turn down a plate of stirred fried rice. I hope to pursue a career in business and to continue spreading awareness about mental health.


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