Untreated OCD Can Lead To Addiction

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky

Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD is a mental health disorder that is often characterized by thoughts that haunt the minds of the people suffering with anxiety and fears. Those thoughts become obsessions regardless of if these fears are are rational or irrational.  

These anxieties become elements of life that the person struggling with the disorder ends up obsessing over and in an effort to try to neutralize these thoughts, people with obsessive compulsive disorder create habits or rituals, either consciously or subconsciously. These rituals are created to safeguard against the anxieties or fears that plague the person’s thoughts. The person struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder is compelled to take these actions as if it is a survival mechanism.

 

Is Stigma The Reason People Suffering From OCD Do Not Seek Treatment?

The media has a tendency to portray people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder as a comedy bit or as a villain. Like other mental illnesses the stigma surrounding the the disorder causes it to be represented in t.v. characters and movie roles that are meant to be a form of comic relief. As people who are less educated about these mental illnesses watch these programs and films they see the person suffering with obsessive compulsive disorder as an other, as someone different from them and that is largely because that is the way the character is portrayed. As the character struggles to control their lives by being obsessive about how their space is laid out or the character performs their various, seemingly irrational habits in an effort to calm their torturous anxieties, the audience laughs. If OCD is not portrayed as a joke, OCD might be woven into a story by being a disorder that the villain is afflicted by.  

Not only does this not give an accurate picture of what a person suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder goes through, but it is also not at all the accurate symptoms that come along with OCD. This sort of damaging picture of someone who is suffering from OCD, a portrayal that is so prevalent in our modern day society, makes it difficult for a person who is in real life struggling with dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder. This stigma is likely one of the major factors for the very low numbers of people who suffer from OCD and other mental health disorders who seek treatment.  Without treatment it is very easy for someone suffering from OCD to develop a dual diagnosis, a drug or alcohol addiction.

 

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Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky

Brittany PolanskyBrittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is a Primary Clinician at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.