Depression is a mental illness. Depressed individuals can experience intense feelings of sadness, despair and guilt. These feelings of sadness affect the normal functioning of the individual. Often those suffering from depression are not able to find any joy in activities that they used to find pleasurable. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that causes repeated compulsive behaviors and obsessive thoughts among people. In OCD and Depression may be experienced simultaneously, known as OCD Depression:
OCD Depression Symptoms
There are some common symptoms associated with both OCD and depression. The shared symptoms include feelings of guilt, low self-esteem, tiredness, anxiety and an inability to make decisions. In many cases of OCD, depression may be recognized as a complication. Often, OCD and depression seem to be inseparable. However in some cases the symptoms of OCD may be in remission while the symptoms of depression are recurring. In adults, depression and OCD can be found in is very common, but their occurrence simultaneously in children and adolescents is rare.
In cases of OCD Depression it is often difficult to determine whether the Depression is causing the OCD and/or making it worse or vice versa. In many cases both these conditions influence each other. Stress is also a common factor. The continuous stress experienced in OCD sufferers can trigger Depression.
OCD Depression Therapy
In some cases of OCD Depression, the depressive episodes may be so severe it may reduce the symptoms of OCD. The individual may find they obsess less about performing the rituals to the utmost perfection. This could be because the individuals no longer have the energy or care enough due to their depressed state. In most cases the medication for OCD is capable of tackling both the OCD and Depression. The treatment is considered very effective. Around 85% of patients tend to respond to the treatment.
In some cases of Depression Electroconvulsive Therapy may be used for treatment but this is not effective in treating OCD. Along with medication, psychotherapy can be effectively used. In psychotherapy the factors triggering obsessive thoughts can be identified and negative thinking can be replaced with positive thinking.