Showing posts with label Anxiety. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Anxiety. Show all posts

Monday, 6 August 2018

5 Best Ways to Treat Your Depression

August 06, 2018
Best ways to treat Depression

how to treat depression at home
Best Way to Treat Depression
Depression can be treated in many different ways. People respond to different types of treatments in different ways. Not all depression treatments will affect different people in the same way. Some treatments may work better than others for you.

1. Antidepressants

Whenever anyone thinks of any type of medical condition, the first thing that comes to mind is medicine. Antidepressants can be used to treat depression. You can’t just get antidepressants over the counter at the pharmacy. Instead, a medical professional such as a psychiatrist prescribes you this medicine after assessing your situation and if they seem it necessary.

There are many different types of antidepressants. Here are some of them :

  • SNRIs – Serotonin & Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors
  • SSRIs – Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
  • NDRIs – Norepinephrine & Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitors
  • MAOIs – MonoAmine Oxidase Inhibitors
  • Tricyclic Antidepressants
  • Atypical Antidepressants

I won’t get into any details here with the different types of antidepressants, but you should make sure to discuss the different types with your prescribing doctor to see which one would work best for you.

2. Social Support

Depending on your personality type, it could be highly beneficial to have some social support to aid you in dealing with depression.

There are different ways in which you can get social support. If you know someone who you can trust such as a parent, sibling, best friend, co-worker, or any other person who you know will keep what you say confidential, it could be beneficial to start opening up and letting them know about depression and that you could use their help.

Another way you get can social support is through social support groups in your area. Millions of people suffer from depression probably in every single city in the world. Chances are that there are support groups in your area which meet frequently – similar to alcoholics anonymous or drug rehabilitation groups. This could be beneficial as you get a chance to hear what other people are going through and relate to them because you are going through the same thing.

Social support can also be in the simple form of an anonymous phone call to a depression hotline. There are free services out there which provide an ear to listen to what you have to say and possibly help you out with some advice. This also applies to those who are considering committing suicide. It is important to reach out to someone because you may not be in the right state of mind and sometimes all it takes is a friendly voice to talk you out of it.

If you are a private person and do not wish to share that you have depression with people, the hotlines are a good start. You can also join forums about depression online using a username which is not your real name. Forums are a great place to share things about yourself anonymously and get opinions and advice from others who have been or may be going through what you are going through. Just remember not to take any forum recommendations as professional medical advice because you don’t know who the actual person is and their level of knowledge/experience.

Know more how mental health support groups can help you

3) Exercise

 Exercise is a great cost-effective way to treat your depression. Just start your day with a 30-minute walk. After a week, turn it into a brisk walk. When you are ready, start jogging. Cardiovascular activities pump the blood through your body and to your brain. By getting blood to your brain, you can be more focused and get more energy overall when doing your daily activities.

If you have a treadmill, elliptical, exercise bike, or something else that helps you do cardio exercises, great! But if the weather is nice out, be sure to go outside! Not only will you get your exercise, you will also get fresh air and sunlight (which provides you with Vitamin D).

You could even pay a monthly fee to join a gym where you will have the added bonus of having people around you. Even though you may not talk to anyone at the gym, sometimes it does help to have social contact – especially if you are living alone or if you do not get a chance to interact with many people at work (I find those grey cubicles very depressing!).

4. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on how your thinking affects your behavior. More specifically, how negative thoughts are irrational and how to turn negative thoughts and situations around for a more positive outcome. CBT uses different problems and scenarios for a person to work through and develop their skills in finding a positive solution to the problem.

For example, a person who thinks about car crashes might be afraid of ever driving a car or even riding in a car. The goal of CBT is to teach people that they cannot control people and situations around them, but they can certainly learn how to deal with them and not have such a negative outlook.

Typically, you will do a CBT session with a therapist in person (one-on-one), however, there are options to do it on a computer (over the internet), through books, or by participating in a group course. CBT sessions are meant only for the short-term (days or weeks if spread out). Once you have received CBT, it will be up to you to use the techniques you have learned when you get a relapse of depression. CBT doesn’t necessarily remove depression but helps you deal with it so that it can go away quickly and you can get back to your life.

5. Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese art where they stick very thin needles into different points on your body. Does it hurt? Not really if done correctly. You may feel a tingling feeling or a sharp pain at sensitive areas, but the pain usually goes away after a few seconds. Acupuncture has been shown to help some people with depression.

It does sound crazy, but some people say that acupuncture does help while others find that it doesn’t. Some studies have also shown that it may help with depression. By placing needles at strategic points, your body and brain can react by releasing different compounds which act in a healing way. Acupuncture has been known to treat other conditions as well such as stress – which commonly goes hand-in-hand with depression.

In any case, it doesn’t hurt to try it because it certainly is a different experience. The benefit of acupuncture over other treatment methods (like antidepressants) is that acupuncture doesn’t have the side effects of medications.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

How to Reduce Stress | 8 Easy Stress Relief Activities You Should Try

July 04, 2018

Feeling depressed or low?

Check out these real quick tips to boost up your mind from this goddamn depression and stress. Set these new positive goals and follow these stress reliever activities for a month at least.

easy ways to relief stress and aniety

Well,  Motivation is something that I really struggled with when I was deep in my dark days. These tips will be really helpful for those days when you feel that you can't bring yourself to do certain tasks. It may be that you lack motivation or you get really anxious about thinking about doing them and end up not doing them. 

All you have to just try them and promise yourself that you gonna follow these Stress Reliever Activities if any of them doesn't work for you try again that and if still doesn't work try one of the next.   

1) Most people don't know why they are depressed they're just feeling extremely sad and they just can't get out of it whereas, some people might have actual reasons for being depressed.

All you have to figure out what triggered your depression and once you know and understand your triggers you become more mindful of your environment who you're around what you're around how it affects you. And try replacing them with these Stress Reliever Activities given below.

  2) At the beginning of each day make a list of stuff that you'd like to accomplish and just work your way through the list.

This kinda works because they can be as simple or as complex, as you want them to be. 

3) Turn off the internet for a day and do something that fascinates you, go outside to see someone,  talk to somebody or either go for a movie, if you've got no friends (just like me lol) go on your own cook something or bake something but just remember do not use of  the internet to see the recipes, better you can use a recipe's book.

4) Deep Breathing! Now this one might seem easy but it's very easy to forget how to do it properly. First, of all make yourself comfy close your eyes, imagine yourself in a place which gives you a feeling of relaxation. Now slowly, take deep breaths in and out.
 Repeat this deep (inhale/exhale process) for next to 10-15 minutes. 

5) Record a video or write yourself a letter about what you want from life it could be for the next week, the next month, the next year, or for the next five or ten years or just pen down your life's ultimate goals. 

6) Tell yourself all of the great things about yourself and why you love yourself plus you could also tell yourself what you have to offer to the world (same as we talk in the above point about your life's ultimate goals).

7) Take photos, print them out and stick them around your room. Rearrange your bedroom furniture. It could be fun though. 
Draw, read a book or do anything at all just experience something real.

8) Call a friend who you haven't spoken for a long time.

 Or, find something or someone that you feel supported by it could be a  family member a friend or a music band just like MCR  (they saved my life somehow) whatever it just finds a way to express yourself.

Well, there could be many other possible ways out to relieve stress by doing other activities. I will be covering up them too very soon. You could discover your own stress reliever activities or if you have any other activities that help you always in your dark days. Do comment below I'd love to read them all.

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Monday, 18 June 2018

14 Worst Foods to Avoid Depression and Stress

June 18, 2018
 The food we consume every day plays a major role in our health, as the nutrients and energy help our body to grow and develop. But not every food we eat is good for our health especially when it comes to our anxiety and depression. 

foods that cause depression

When we think about anxiety the first thing that comes to our mind is chocolates, that too dark ones without much sugar and milk solids as we've been consuming them to feel a bit better whenever something is making us too anxious. While food items like chocolates help us in coping up with anxiety or stress, there are several food items that have the exact opposite effect i.e, worsen your state of mind. And as we wouldn't want that, here are some common food items that should be avoided if you're already feeling uneasy.

1) Fruit Juice- As we know that fruit juice is beneficial for health, but not everytime juice's gonna help your body to boost up.

If juice isn't having sources of growing food (i.e full of proteins) and lacks fibers then this could affect your body's blood sugar level and eventually, it will lead you to dizziness and moodiness. 

2) Artificial Sweeteners-  According to the research, it showed that consuming sugar in large amount causes obesity and other health issues. As of today, thousands of products are flooded in the market with artificial sweeteners in them while having zero calories, which make the diet drinks and other snacks sweeter. 

But many of you won't be knowing that the ingredient that is found in diet drinks and other zero calories snacks is Aspartame (APM) which is an artificial non-sweetener used as a sugar substitute, has a tendency to stop the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin and hence seen to cause mood swings, depression, and insomnia. 

3) Caffeine- Caffeine influences anxiety and can also worsen if not consumed wisely. Caffeine increases the dopamine production in the brain that makes you feel better (150-200 mg of caffeine is basically large coffee) which results in increases the stress hormones that will affect your body like increased heart rates and blood pressure. Moreover it also increases muscle tension, a common symptom of anxiety.

Therefore,  adding a caffeine in your daily life will only trigger your anxiety. It even messes up with your sleeping patterns. So, try to avoid any caffeinated drinks and have a cup of green tea instead. 

4) Alcohol-  Alcohol is the most common drug consumed by people worldwide. Alcohol consumption and anxiety are quite often connected with one another because the main reason behind people drink is just to get rid of stress or mental disturbances. This may seem like an instant escape from reality but later on the chronic alcohol abuse can make their anxiety worse.

Moreover, alcohol consumers have a higher risk of circulatory system complications such as heart failure, high blood pressure, strokes, etc. Also, it will make your immune system weak.

5) Sugar- According to an article which was published in Diabetologia (Medical Journal), the researchers came to know that when the blood glucose levels increase in the body, the levels of protein which is essential for the growth of synapses and neurons falls down, consequently putting you at higher risk of depression, anxiety, and diabetes as well.

6) Tofu-   A rich source of protein also known as bean curd, made from soy. All soy products contain toxins and antinutrients plus the amount of copper present in a soy has a higher tendency to provoke your anxiety level. 

But if you are a tofu lover and don't wanna skip a single day without tofu, you can try the fermented one's i.e, natto or tamari which are easy to digest and wouldn't make you dizzy.

7) Canned Soup-   A chemical known as Bisphenol A (BPA) is used in most of the plastic containers and canned food liners. It can imbalance the stress-meditating portion of the brain which can further impact the higher risk of anxiety. 

In sight to this, a study showed in University of California- Berkeley that children who were exposed to BPA  in early ages had more common symptoms of anxiety and other mental health issues. So you might wanna consider putting it off the table.

8) White Food- Food such as white rice, white bread, pasta, cakes, processed white bread, etc are generally carbs and the effect they produce is called insulin dumping. 

And it has been found insulin upsurge triggers the depression and anxiety in many people. Also the refinded products can cause vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency, which leads to symptoms of anxiety and emotional instability.

9) Fried Food- Fried food! Hellyeah, though it is easy to cook and rich in taste but contributes to making your anxiety and depression worst. Sounds terrible. Right?

You must be wondering HOW?

Well, eating fried food blocks the arteries with fats and thus reduced the blood flow to the brain as well as in the whole body. When oxygen, enzymes, nutrients, and neurotransmitter and other chemical carried by blood into the brain, the hypothalamus (part of the brain that controls stress and mood) ain't perform properly.

10) Energy Drinks- Energy drinks can make you feel like energetic for an hour but the hidden ingredients such as guarana cause sleep issues and increase your anxiety.

Additionally, artificial sweeteners and sugar are also added to make energy drink sweeter that we have already discussed in 2nd and  5th points.

So start avoiding energy drinks from today they are not good enough for your health. Better you can have a glass of water.

11) Selenium- As Selenium is good for health but a new study at the University of Otago showed a strong bond between selenium levels that are too high or too low can put a person at higher risk of depression.

Know more about Selenium and depression click here at NCBI 

12) High Sodium Foods- High sodium foods are no more good for health. To make a food tastier we all add some amount of salt to our food, though salt plays a vital role in regulating water in our body also it is helpful for proper muscle growth. But foods such as Pizza, yeast bread, plain milk, tacos, pasta mixed dishes, bacon, sausages, etc contains the higher amount of sodium is ain't good for your health and could trigger your anxiety.

Moreover consuming high sodium foods could be the reason for higher risk of high blood pressure and heart attack as well. 

13)Salt- Just like sugar, large amounts of salt over a time can deplete your body of potassium, which is essential for proper functioning of the nervous system. Also, the diets which come under being salty will surely increase your blood pressure, making your heart working faster and this results in release of stress hormones causing a instant feel of the and anxiety.

So, alternatives like herbs should be used in place of salt to give that delicious feel in dishes which turns out be healthy for both your physical and mental state.

14) Junk Food- In today's world, we are caught up in our busy schedules, and most of us choose junk food as to save time and to have that instant energy. On a stressful day, even if you consume your favourite pizza or burger to feel good, chances are you will end up feeling bloated and anxious.

According to a study, the population whose diet is junk food is found to be more depressed with unhealthy mental health in comparison to those whose diet is traditional. So try to minimise the junk food intake whenever healthy options are available.

Also read Foods That Help Depression and Anxiety 

Monday, 14 May 2018

Misconceptions About Anxiety Disorders And Facts

May 14, 2018

Misconceptions About Anxiety Disorders

We often hear people say I have anxiety or I'm stressed out this is something hard to deal with. People with anxiety have probably experienced this fact which is something that's quite hard to deal with. Today we are going to talk about the misconception about anxiety disorder. 

When you have anxiety you feel quite a lot of the time that people don't understand and that people think it's something different than actual.

Which is really difficult and quite crippling thing to deal with and I don't think people always understand a big part of who you are.

 The only difference between somebody who is not understanding your anxiety just because they've never been taught about mental illness or they've never had it in their life. 

Also maybe they've never known anybody that has it just because they've never encountered anxiety or depression before.

So let's see what are the misconceptions about anxiety disorders that are taking over people who are dealing with.

Anxiety Facts


#1 Anxiety isn't a big deal

It's obvious that we all feel anxious sometimes and that's not an actual anxiety disorder, cause anxiety is something different it actually impairs our ability to work in our daily life.

Many people think that anxiety is not a big deal but in reality, they don't know how anxiety can affect your life and make it worse.

#2 Anxiety is not a real illness

Some anxiety depends on the situation, for example, we often experience it before having exams or job interviews or something when we gonna try something new.

But when the symptoms are real and physical such as dizziness, muscles tension, trouble breathing, heart palpitation, insomnia,  etc and you have the same feeling for more than months or year then you have encountered with real mental illness. (which is treatable though).

#3 Anxiety and Panic attacks are same

Both panic attacks and anxiety are both different to deal with.

Anxiety is a set of future fears in which you are more anxious about the next 5 minute or 5 hours or 5months/ years and it can exist for long if it not get treated on time.

Whereas Panic attack is a sudden uncontrollable fear and sensations that you feel. Panic attacks can be for last few minutes or for an hour.

#4 Anxiety disorders are not very common 

Millions of us live with some form of anxiety disorders and it's not something so unfamiliar that you have to treat yourself as alone who only does.

#5 We all are introverts

Have you ever been called introvert? Or, scared of big crowds?
And this is the misconception that many people think a person who suffers from anxiety is an introvert or doesn't like to get socialize because yes maybe a person having a social anxiety.

But social anxiety is totally different from generalized anxiety in which people actually want a part of the big groups.

#6 Anxiety  disorders are caused by stress

People often talk that anxiety disorders are caused by stress so reducing stress could help you to feel better and that's really what most people do when they feel a lot of anxiety they try to get stress out of their lives.

The causes of all the anxiety disorders are pretty complicated it's usually a combination of genetics or your inheritance.

#7 Switching negative  thoughts with positive thoughts

Maybe you have tried once this technique of fighting negative thoughts with positive ones but you failed because that doesn't actually work and this is something called paradoxical.

Unwanted thoughts tend to get stronger and more repetitive and in the result, your anxiety won't be going down and then you start getting mad at yourself. 

And on and on the inside of your head  it goes round and round and you can't actually make yourself  stop thinking something if you just stop  for a moment

#8  Push yourself

Another misconception is- to fix your anxiety you just have to push yourself a 'lil bit and things won't be the same but this is a  really offensive way to save somebody I guess. So if you have a friend or loved one who is going through anxiety never try to say these stuff  

Though people think that encouraging their friends or their loved ones or family members could help and I also personally support people by encouraging them. The thing you have to understand is, do not put unnecessary pressure on them it could be the worst thing that you ever do.

Pressure also plays a role to make your anxiety worse. People with anxiety can't deal with situations when they are suppressed by many things.

#9  Antidepressants will only make you worse

Hey! Antidepressant works best and nowadays there are many antidepressants available that you can take as prescribed. I will always encourage people who are going through anxiety to try antidepressants and do not listen to people who have never had an anxiety or depression.

#10  You won't get better unless they go through therapy 

You might have been to loads of therapists in the past and many of them were really not helpful but only had made you feel worse. Well, I don't mean that you shouldn't try therapy. In fact, you must try once. 

 But here what I wanna explain is you can help yourself by doing the stuff that makes you feel better with a non-pressure environment and setting a goal in your life and focusing on yourself.

#11  Therapy for anxiety- It's gonna take forever

Many people still have this misconception that therapy for anxiety is going to take them forever but the therapy which is called CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and it is the most effective therapy used now to treat anxiety disorder it's not gonna take long or forever. 

#12 Medications are the only cure

As above mentioned CBT is now being most effective and helpful therapy for anxiety disorder, so we can state that medications are not the only way to get rid of anxiety disorders.

       So, those were the 12  misconceptions about anxiety disorders.

So, let me know if you ever had to face any of these misconceptions in your life.

Other helpful online resources do visit.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

5 Helpful Tips To Talk With Your Doctor About Social Anxiety

May 05, 2018
How to talk with your doctor about social anxiety?

This post is about my own personal experience. If I talk about my doctor he is very open to talking about social anxiety but for some other people, it might be in sort of awkward situations to speak up about their insecurities. 

So I hope this post will help people who are experiencing some of these challenges. I believe people with social anxiety have a harder time in communicating than most other people, so going to the doctor can be particularly frightening or unnerving. 

Here are few points that I am gonna share with you and I hope it will help you out.

Helpful Tips To Talk With Your Doctor About Social Anxiety

Firstly, make a complete list of all your queries and doubts related to your anxiety in a handwritten or on your phone before of all the things that you want to talk with your doctor and that would be easier for you to talk with your doctor

 If you have already those questions lists in front of you, so you actually don't forget anything like when you  become nervous or something because I know  what happens to people when they become  nervous they forget to say things that they had planned for discussion, 

So, better you can make a list and then so you won't be getting off from your track when you're in the room with the doctor. Therefore whatever the reason you have you're going to your doctor follow through with that list and talk with your doctor and surely something might help you.

Secondly, whenever you go to your doctor just remember that your doctor is there to help you, well a lot of doctors are there for the money but hopefully, you have a doctor who is there to help you and who wants to see you get better.

Thirdly, explain to your doctor about every symptom that you're experiencing, doesn't really matter if it's a big or little and can tell your doctor like what the most worrisome or bothersome symptoms are for you. 

There are a lot of different medications for social anxiety if you're not on medications yet and you think that it might be helpful just ask your doctor to add some if possible for you(according to your symptoms).

Fourth, if you're on medications and you think you need a dose change so you can explain to the doctor why you think you need to change your medication. 

So do not hesitate to tell your doctor the exact reasons. Maybe you're experiencing too many side effects and you want your dosage to be decreased or changed, tell your doctor that your experiences side effects because maybe a  decrease or change in dosage is what you all need. 

Fifth, now this one is very important that you got to think over it. Never decide at the last minute that you don't actually need to be with your doctor for help because that the most people used to do. 

So you better take a step ahead of your social anxiety to get rid of and remember that the reason you went to the doctor.

Important Note*

At the end of the day, you are paying your doctor or your insurance company to help you or maybe that doctor is being paid by someone to help you, so it's your right that you get a good and proper treatment for your social anxiety. 

Moreover, if you are not satisfied with your doctor in results of not getting a proper response and being not helpful to you anymore, so you have a choice to change your doctor and your medications as well.

Other helpful resources related to Social Anxiety Disorder  you may go through the following links


NIMH  Anxiety Disorders

Friday, 20 April 2018

4 Different Types and Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder: Must Know

April 20, 2018

What is Anxiety?

We often experience stress at home, office, college, etc. Stress has become now a common thing that people go through and this stress later plays an extreme role in anxiety disorder. 

Anxiety occurs when someone consistently stresses and it starts to manipulate their everyday lives including health. 

Major symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Heart palpitations (irregular beating of the heart)

Anxiety Disorders has become a very serious issue now that is affecting people's life badly. 

According to the case study, the U.S adult population alone with anxiety disorders are total of 40 million people and their country spends over $30-40 billion a year just on anxiety disorder.

Here are the types of anxiety disorder and their symptoms are given below:

Types of Anxiety Disorder

1- Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD)

GAD--Starting with the clinical features of Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD) the patient has persistent prominent and exaggerated worry, tension or apprehension about everyday events and problems these could be things like work issues, finance etc. 

The patient reports feeling on edge most of the time this is called free-floating anxiety. There is usually much muscle tension, for example, it can be a headache or there is restlessness inability to relax. 

Or even irritability the patient has difficulty concentrating and usually reports that their mind goes blank like there is initial insomnia but there is a delay in being able to fall asleep because of worrying about depression. 

You have early morning awakening where the patient makes up much earlier than their usual waking time. 

The patient with a generalized anxiety disorder may also report autonomic symptoms like palpitations, sweating, tremors, dry mouth etc.

 There may also be other physical symptoms like nausea, abdominal discomfort, tingling or numbness, hot flashes or cold chills, difficulty in swallowing due to a feeling of a lump in the throat etc. 

The patient experiences episodes of panic attacks each of which is a discrete event characterized by acute onset of severe anxiety with no obvious trigger so this is called anxiety out of the blue.

The anxiety reaches a peak over the next few seconds or minutes and then subsides for the following few minutes.

2-Panic Disorder

The  autonomic symptoms and physical symptoms are seen in panic disorder are much more  prominent than those seen in generalized  anxiety disorder

Palpitations, sweating, tremors, dry mouth, feeling of choking or difficulty in breathing (pain or discomfort) abdominal discomfort butterflies in the stomach, feeling dizzy, faint lightheaded, tingling and numbness cold, chills, and hot flushes. 

In panic disorder, there is typically either fear of dying due to heart attack or choking or fear of fainting, fear of losing control, fear of going insane or bad and depersonalization and derealization(where the patient feels detached and unreal).

Symptoms of Anxiety      

Clinical features of the Panic disorder are characterized by acute episodes of anxiety that are precipitated by exposure to specific triggers these triggers could be objects or situations. 

The anxiety in phobias is predictable this is in contrast to the unpredictable out-of-the-blue anxiety that occurs in panic disorder. 

So in phobias, any exposure to the trigger predictably results in acute anxiety. A patient with phobia initially demonstrates escape so the patient escapes from the trigger in order to reduce the duration of anxiety in due course.

The patient exhibits avoidance so the patient avoids exposing oneself to the trigger in order to try not to experience the acute anxiety during acute anxiety in phobias. 

The symptoms that occur are very similar to those seen in panic attacks. 

The main types of phobias are simple phobias also called specific or isolated, phobias agoraphobia and social phobia.

3-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD --- People suffering from PTSD  have the symptoms developed after the patient is exposed to an exceptionally threatening or catastrophic event for example of such dramas include major physical or sexual assault, road traffic accidents, natural disasters, and terrorism. 

In PTSD the patient's trauma in the form of flashbacks when they are awake and in the form of nightmares while asleep. The patient avoids places, conversations with people etc all are associated with the trauma.

 The patient exhibits hyper vigilance he/she will always appear to be on the lookout for further danger and the patient is easily startled. 

Other common symptoms of PTSD include emotional numbing, insomnia, irritability, poor concentration, misuse of alcohol or drugs, depersonalization, and derealization.

4- Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD--OCD is a chronic and very common disorder that could happen to anyone to satisfy their anxiety people keep doing the same task again and again. 

OCD is characterized by obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are repeated thoughts or mental images. 

Symptoms such as fear of contamination, doubt, symmetry, unnecessary thoughts related to religion or sex, aggressive thoughts for someone. 

Whereas examples of compulsions include washing, cleaning, checking ordering coding counting and touching.

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5 Major Types of Depression- Atypical ,Bipolar,Persistent Depression

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