Including OCD Or Other Anxiety Disorders?

good night, Doctor I want to ask. I’m reading the novel “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon. It was told that her child was suffering from SCID but it was only for the reason that the child was not allowed to leave the house. previously her mother was very sad because her beloved husband and her first child were left behind. The point is that the mother is very afraid of losing her child, which makes her mother forbid her child to go out of the house. and indeed the treatment of the mother to her child is very special, always checking the cleanliness at home, checking the health of her child, etc. Is excessive anxiety a symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or what is it, doctor?

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Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. OCD or obsessive compulsive disorder is a psychological disorder in which the sufferer feels that his mind is always focused on one particular thing (obsession) and to overcome his obsession, he must do something repeatedly (collectively). The cause of this condition is still unknown, but it is closely related to the following risk factors, such as:

Genetic or hereditary factors Substantial abnormalities in the brain Certain personalities, such as being too neat, conscientious, perfectionist and highly disciplined Experiencing trauma in life Have other mental disorders Having a family with mental disorders

An example of an OCD action is someone who repeatedly locks the door because he is not sure he has locked the door properly, repeatedly checks the kitchen to make sure the stove is turned off, repeatedly washing his hands because he feels his hands are still dirty, repeatedly checking the lights was turned off before leaving the house. Another thing to note with an OCD person is that he realizes that his actions are wrong and that he is annoyed about it, but he will feel restless or uncomfortable if he just leaves. And the above example of action can happen for hours before finally moving on to the next activity.

So with an example like that, it can actually be said that the characteristic of the attitude shown is not OCD. She may have a trait of mind that is obsessed with her child's safety, but that does not reflect compulsive or repetitive behavior. It may also actually be a borderline personality disorder, a form of delusion or not, depending on other factors. That is why although mental medicine is very interesting, because the type of disease that can be said to be "different" from other branches of medicine, does not mean that it is easy to conclude. In the real world, it takes interviews, psychometric tests, observations and approaches that may not be brief before determining a person has a certain mental disorder. So, hopefully it answers your question.

dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa

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