Biological or Developed?
Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:45 PM
I'm interested as looking back, I can see things I used to do or things I used to feel as being the starting points of where I am now but I'm not sure if that's because there genuinely has always been something of OCD in my life and it took my 'tipping point' to fully come out (being stressed constantly to the extreme at around 11-14) or whether I'm just reading too much into things with the hindsight I have now.
If it is truly biological, low serotonin levels etc, what makes us have a chemical imbalance? Is that triggered?
I'm genuinely really interested about the pathological side of things so even if you have no expert experience or opinions, I'd still love to hear what you think.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:47 PM
I think we can be pre-disposed to it, but conditions send us over the edge.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:52 PM
For me it took a specific event to trigger it but my wife tells me ive always been obsessive and a worrier before i flipped out severley.
Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:54 PM
Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:08 PM
If a person experiences a triggering event (either environmental or biological) [or events] then the OCD develops into a full-blown condition.
There's quite a lot of research into the biological basis of OCD and some studies have found differences in brain activity in the orbitofrontal cortex, caudate nucleus, thalamus and anterior cingulate gyrus and some structural differences e.g. the basal ganglia may be a different size.
So yeah pretty much agree with Zee, Tummydepressed and FF, it's likely to be a mixture of both! You may have had some OCD tendencies before you were diagnosed and it may have become worse when you were very stressed.
Hope things are ok just now x
Edited by Annabel, 07 September 2012 - 11:09 PM.
Posted 08 September 2012 - 01:19 AM
My OCD occurred in a moment, in a minute, at the age of 20. Very happy, contented childhood....no indicators, then Wham
Looking back and analysing things, I reckon my Dad showed OCD tendancies....but I only see that now, knowing what I know now. I don't think that affected me, my upbringing or any form of influence.
I don't know why my OCD occurred, or why so suddenly. I had loads of Strep throats in my late teens...was it that? I dunno
The bottom line was it happened....and whatever the cause, I have to deal with it in the here and now. It's my best way forward to continue improving.
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change"
Dr Wayne W Dyer
Today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday, and it didn't happen!!
Posted 13 September 2012 - 02:57 PM
What I can't understand is how if it is triggered, how can a chemical change occur in the brain. High levels of dopamine and low serotonin; we all know it by heart now, but how can you undergo a sudden chemical change? Or... was the imbalance always there, in which case why only at a certain point are symptoms felt?
So confusing and interesting!
Posted 13 September 2012 - 04:32 PM
Posted 16 September 2012 - 02:29 PM
I'll defo give that a read when I have a chance. Looks very interesting.
Posted 18 September 2012 - 05:25 PM
Edited by Nil, 18 September 2012 - 05:25 PM.