Statics show that 1.2% of the general population in the UK is living with OCD. That translates to 12 out of every 1000 people. But, the figures only tell part of the story. There are even more people that are struggling with the condition without treatment and diagnosis.
What is OCD?
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a condition that is characterised by distress, unwanted and obsessive thoughts, and compulsive behaviour. Some of the obsessions and compulsive behaviours associated with the condition include:
- Harmful thoughts towards yourself
- Harmful thoughts towards other people and animal
- Having things organised in a specific order
- Unwanted sexual thoughts
- Fear of forgetting an important date
- The ability to make decisions
- Excessive cleaning
- Compulsive counting
- Repeating words or phrases
- Excessing hand washing and bathing
- Repeating activities
- Continually checking on things that are already done
Patients living with OCD suffer from extreme anxiety, distress, and the condition greatly affects their quality of life. The symptoms of OCD and the resulting thoughts and behaviours range from mild to severe.
Patients with OCD don’t realise that what they are doing is unusual. However, friends, family, and colleagues can easily notice. In some cases, the person can tell that their thoughts and behaviours are not rational, but they are out of their control.
How is OCD Treated?
Traditionally, there are two ways used to treat and manage OCD. These are:
Cognitive Brain Therapy (CBT)
This is a popular treatment that helps manage various types of depression, social disorders, and mental health. The treatment takes a series of meeting with a psychologist or psychiatrist depending on the severity of the symptoms.
Using this approach, the goal is to identify the trigger for compulsory behaviour and try to desensitise the brain the trigger.
Some OCD patients often require medication like Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors, which are also used in treating other forms of depression. The medication helps to correct an imbalance of serotonin levels in a bid to stabilise mood and emotions.
While these are the most commonly used methods, some patients don’t find them effective, and those that use medication complain about numerous side effects that further affect their quality of life.
CBD Oil for OCD
CBD is emerging as an excellent alternative to patients who are trying to manage OCD. The biggest advantage of using CBD is because it’s a natural product without side effects. CBD can help in managing and controlling various OCD symptoms.
Anxiety – CBD is a powerful anxiolytic and has been used in studies to treat depression in animals. It’s a powerful relaxant that can help manage insomnia and manage other anxiety-related disorders like panic attacks, general anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
Neuroleptic Effects – CBD has neuroleptic effects that can help to reduce the severity of the obsessive and compulsive behaviours in children, adults, and pets.
In severe cases, CBD can also be used in conjunction with antipsychotic medication. However, this should only be under the direction and approval of your doctor.