Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a neurochemical disease characterized by chronic and uncontrollable thoughts, as well as attendant behaviors that are repeated time and again, in order to somehow satisfy the anxiety plaguing its sufferers. The brain chemical that most directly affects the presence and severity of this disorder is serotonin. A lack of sufficient serotonin is what causes the repetitive thoughts, referred to as obsessions, as well as the habitual activities and behaviors, called compulsions.
Together, the thoughts and behaviors that are classical markers of this disease prove intrusive, time- consuming, and debilitatingly distracting for people diagnosed with OCD. In essence, individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder agonize over the neverending thoughts that lead them to pursue practices and activities that will never truly quell their anxiety.
Feeling like you are being held hostage within the confines of behaviors that have come to define you, even in part, can be devastating. And think about it. Becoming homeless or in a situation that is less than safe because you cannot stop grunting or washing the windows may seem like a stretch. Analyzed in pieces however, the process does not seem all that unrealistic.
An individual who cannot control their thoughts or actions, may experience prolonged sadness that eats away at their self- esteem, makes them less than ideal candidates for social outings, leads them to despair about finding a job, and ultimately lands them in a desperate and broken situation. The anger and isolation they feel can lead to dangerous consequences including self harm, as well as harm of others that may lead to conviction, jail time, and death. Suddenly, it is not that far of a stretch at all.