“Obsessive Thoughts are a set of thoughts focused on «danger»”
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a mental state that derives from Anxiety.
Anxiety is a physical process that keeps the person alert, creating a wakefulness state, in which the body gets prepared to react to external aggressions and the brain becomes more agile in reasoning, absolutely focused in a thought, as an attempt to find a solution to deal with the fear.
This set of thoughts focused in danger is called obsessive thoughts, because whilst the danger does not disappear thoughts of protection do not disappear.
Causes of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
The anxiety states generated by some past traumatic experiences may produce constant and repetitive obsessions that compel one to act and to perform certain tasks in order to minimize that state. This is called Obsessive Compulsive Disorder given that is only possible to lower the level of anxiety by ceding to the thought and performing repetitive tasks. Most of the obsessions are initiated with a panic attack. These situations by creating an extreme fear develop a mental defense mechanism against what triggered the panic attack, and the unconscious fear that this event occurs again creates a state of anxiety that causes obsessions.
Most frequent symptoms and features:
Fear of insecurity
Leads to Obsessive Compulsive behaviors such as closing doors and windows continuously, verifying not to have lost objects, preoccupation about the attitudes of relatives, among others.
Fear of Disease / Death
Leads to Obsessive Compulsive behaviors such as verification of the heartbeat, intense vigil over abnormal body sensations, excessive preoccupation about physical discomfort, frequent washing of the body resultant from fear of contamination, not touching certain objects, among others.
Fear of having certain thoughts
Leads to Obsessive Compulsive behaviors such as not leaving home, not wanting to talk to anyone, madness and despair, among others .
People who suffer with Obsessive thoughts can develop a mental process of ritualizing actions as a way to minimize anxiety, thinking: "if I do not do this that will happen". The unconscious anxiety is, in these cases, diminished by the rituals but these rituals are per se Obsessive Compulsive disorders.
Some rituals caused by Obsessions
- Saying certain words or counting things;
- Touching objects a certain number of times;
- Not performing certain tasks;
- Having well defined daily routines.