By Shreya Durve, MBBS Student
With the world swirling through a roller coaster, and no end in sight, the virus isn’t the only issue experts are worried about.
With a lack of resources and staff, and the world shifted to the constrict of our four walls, we are soon going to be facing the post-pandemic mental health crisis.
Amongst all the sufferers of various mental health disorders, one of the hardest-hit communities, are those with a history of Obsessive-compulsive disorders.
As the name suggests, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder or OCD consists of Obsessions and Compulsions in varying proportions.
Obsessions: Repeated unwanted thoughts or sensations eg: Undue awareness of normal sensations or the constant fear of hurt or pain to yourself or others.
Compulsions: Urge to do something over and over again eg: Counting items like the number of steps you take or the need to repeatedly engage in cleaning activities or disinfection.
Not all obsessions and compulsions manifest as OCD and it is important to differentiate between the same.
Besides new cases of OCD emerging due to the emphasis on hygiene and fear of death due to the ongoing pandemic, persons who have been previously cured of the disorder are also showing increased rates of relapses.
Some vulnerable types of OCDs are more prone to the effects of the COVID-19 hygiene and isolation protocols. They are as follows:
The primary idea that the current situation calls for stricter action to curb the health crisis, doesn’t help matters. People don’t mind the excess protocols being followed and hence don’t point out obsessions and compulsions as problematic. People feel that these times call for extreme measures, thereby fuelling the issues faced by the OCD community on a daily basis.
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