Alison Zollars Arthur knows better. As the owner of a skin and body wellness center, the 44-year-old Houston resident regularly counsels her clients about the importance of a healthy diet. But too often, she pigs out on fast food, salty snacks, and wine.
"If I have one glass of wine, I will have more," she says. "The voice saying, 'You really shouldn't,' shuts down, and I can do anything I want to."
That "voice" is the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain that handles planning,...
Having involuntary and persistent thoughts that appear to be senseless (such as an overwhelming fear of dirt or persistent worry about a past event) and cause anxiety or distress
Knowing that these thoughts come from one's own imagination, not from outside factors (except in children) but still unable to control the thoughts
Symptoms of compulsions include:
Repetitive acts such as hand washing, checking and rechecking locks or electrical appliances, cleaning and recleaning, preoccupation with symmetry or repeating words. These acts may be mental behaviors such as counting or praying.
Recognition that the repetitive behavior is excessive or unreasonable (this may not be true for children).
Depression and distress as attempts to deal with compulsions fail.
Symptoms of OCD in Children:
Mute behavior with agitation
Gradual decline in schoolwork, secondary to impaired concentration
Withdrawal and social isolation accompanied by preoccupations with irrational concerns
Ritualistic or compulsive behaviors as noted above
See Your Doctor About OCD If:
You are experiencing some of the OCD symptoms listed above, seek help from a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist.
If your child is anxious or depressed or has excessive fears of aggression, sexual behavior, contamination, or disorderliness, seek help from your child's health care provider or a mental health professional.