December 2, 2021

Simple mania or pathological obsession: how to diagnose and treat OCD?


OUR HEALTH ADVICE – Effective treatments exist against obsessive-compulsive disorders, but their access is often an obstacle course.

For Isabelle, it all started with a banal urinary tract infection a few years ago. For fear of reinfection, she began to wash her hands frantically, until she became completely obsessed with her hygiene. Every morning, distressed, she now devotes several hours to washing herself. Unable to arrive on time, Isabelle ended up losing her job because of this obsession that she knew to be irrational. Like this 50-year-old, 2 to 3% of the population suffer or have suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder. An inconspicuous disease that considerably hinders the daily lives of those who suffer from it.

“It is estimated that if the disorder causes the person to waste more than an hour each day and if it ruins their life and that of those close to them, it is indeed an obsessive and compulsive disorder. “

Pr Antoine Pelissolo, head of the psychiatry department at Henri Mondor hospital in Créteil and specialist in OCD.

The diagnosis is not easy to make, there is a form of continuity with the manias and superstitions», Underlines Pr Antoine Pelissolo, head of the psychiatry department at Henri Mondor hospital in Créteil and specialist in OCD. At what point do we slip from the normal to the pathological? “It is estimated that if the disorder causes the loss of more

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