Top Things to Know about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Top Things to Know about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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A mental health condition characterized by compulsive behaviors and obsessive thoughts is defined as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It can affect children, women, and men of all ages. In most cases, it develops during adulthood, but some people may develop this condition around puberty. This condition can be very depressing and can interfere with your life significantly and the only way to keep it under control is through treatment.

Causes of OCD

While the exact cause of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) remains unclear, there are various factors that can play an important role and they are listed below:

  • Family History: It is said that people are more likely to develop OCD if someone in their family has it because it becomes a part of their genes.
  • Differences in Brain Activity: Some people suffer from OCD because they have low levels of the chemical serotonin in their brain or there are areas of the brain that have unusually high activity.
  • Personality: Meticulous, neat and methodical people who have high personal standards are more vulnerable to developing OCD. In addition, those people who have a strong sense of responsibility for themselves as well as others or those who tend to be anxious may develop OCD.
  • Life Events: People who have suffered from abuse, neglect or bullying are more prone to OCD and it sometimes begins after an important life event such as bereavement or childbirth.

Symptoms of OCD

People who suffer from OCD will suffer from compulsive behaviors and obsessive thoughts frequently.

  • An obsession is defined as an unpleasant and unwanted thought, urge or image that enters your mind repeatedly and causes a feeling of disgust, unease, and anxiety.
  • A compulsion is defined as a repetitive mental act or behavior that you feel that you have to carry out in order to relieve any unpleasant feelings temporarily, which are typically brought about by obsessive thoughts.

Getting Help for OCD

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People who are suffering from OCD do not seek treatment because they feel embarrassed and ashamed. However, it is essential to remember that there is no reason to feel that way because it is a health condition like any other. Just because you have OCD doesn’t mean that you are mad and it is absolutely not your fault that you have it. You can visit a GP and discuss your symptoms with them to get recommended to a psychological therapy service or you can consult a service on your own if you are familiar with one. There is no reason to feel guilty in seeking help when it starts interfering with your life.

Treatment of OCD

There are a number of effective treatments for OCD that can be immensely helpful in reducing the impact this disorder has on your life. The most beneficial ones are:

  • Psychological Therapy: This is basically a kind of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is aimed at helping people in facing their obsessive thoughts and fair without satisfying them through compulsions.
  • Medication: A specific type of antidepressant medication known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are used for the treatment of OCD because they alter the balance of chemicals in the brain.

CBT will show improvement in a very short period of time, especially when it is combined with medication. However, the problem with using medication is that it is addictive and can have a lot of side effects. Moreover, its effects are only temporary. Therefore, people who seek a more permanent and healthier solution can opt for CBD oil. It comprises of cannabinoids that have anti-compulsive effects and can relieve anxiety associated with obsessive behaviors in order to prevent compulsions.

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10 Bible Verses for Self Esteem

Sometimes you need to search for inner strength and find your own self worth.
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We all get those days that we just don't feel good enough for anything. Everything is going wrong. For me, I go to the bible to read the words of God. His personal dialog for us is filled with encouragement, hope, and lessons we can learn from. Here are my top ten verses that are uplifting and impacting when at the lowest of lows:

1. Philippians 4:13:

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.

2. Psalm 46:5

God is within her, she will not fall.

3. Proverbs 31:25

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

4. Psalm 28:76

The Lord is my strength and my shield.

5. 1 Corinthians 25:10

By the grace of God, I am what I am.

6. Romans 5:8

I loved you at your darkest.

7. Psalm 62:5-6

Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on Him. God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure.

8. 2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

9. 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10. 2 Chronicles 20:15

The battle is not ours, but God's.

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The 5 Types of Retail Customers

A run-down on the many forms of customers you either encounter as a retail employee or are guilty of being.

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We all get summer jobs or seasonal jobs at some place to get that extra cash when we find ourselves broke after spending $300+ on Ubers/Lyfts in under a month (possibly speaking from personal experience). This in turn led me to broaden my job searching horizons and led me to work at a fast food chain that goes by the name of 'Salsaritas' (ironic since my nickname is Salsa, also was not intentional) and currently a retail store at a local mall. So, I guess it's safe to say that I have come across a lot of different people with a whole lot of personality. Working in these types of industries, it can sometimes be really hard and pretty interesting. So voila, here we go:

1. The Always Angry Customer

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This is the customer that is constantly angry. They walk in pissed off and they want everyone else to know that they are pissed off. This type of customer also uses at least one of these following sentences: "Let me talk to your manager. Who's your manager?" or the "How long have you been working here for?" Honestly, there's not much you can do to help them other than try to just do what they ask for and get them the hell out of there as quickly as possible.

2. The Messy Customer

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Easily one of the most annoying types of customers (sorry). This person will walk and run their hands through an entire counter or rack full of perfectly folded clothes, unfold them, and then just leave them on the counter or on the floor. They also have the "it's fine, it's their job to fold them" mentality. Honestly though, how hard is it to put a jacket or shirt back on a hanger? And if you're this type of customer please, please, please, put what you found back where it came from. Sincerely, every retail employee ever.

3. The Super Nice Customer

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This customer is god-send and thank god that they exist. They are the ones who you can just tell are genuinely good people. New at work and don't know how the hell to ring up a customer at a register? No worries, they'll wait there patiently, smile at you, and occasionally tell you that "you're doing great sweetie." They treat you like you're not just a retail employee and at the end of the day, you just wanna give them a hug for making your day feel less shitty.

4. The Talkative Customer

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There's two parts to this one. This type of customer is either talking on the phone while you're ringing them up at the register or is just trying to get to know literally everything there is to know about you. If they're on the phone, it's impossible to know if they're responding to you or to the person who they're on the phone with. The worst part is when they hold up one finger to signal to you that they'll be just a minute and leave you to just awkwardly stand in front of them while trying not to listen to their entire conversation. The other part is when they just want to get to know you which is cute and all until they're just trying to analyze your entire background, where you're from, what you're studying, etc. Luckily if you're like me who wasn't born in the U.S. with a very ethnic name, you just scored yourself a talkative customer. Well done and good luck getting out of the conversation!

5. The Last Minute Customer

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Imagine that you just did an 8 hour shift and right when you're about to clock out and head out to go home, you see a customer walking in literally a minute or two before the whole mall is about to close. They'll probably ask you if you're about to close even though they can see that there's not a single person inside there other than you. They'll also probably tell you that they know exactly what they're looking for. It's never true and get ready for that OT. But hey, on the bright-side, you'll get a fat pay-check.


So, the next time you find yourself at a mall...Remind yourself to pick up something you might've accidentally dropped, keep in mind that workers are human beings too, and kindness goes a long way because at the end of the day, that employee could be one of your loved ones.

Until next time,

Salsa.


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