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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Beneath The Surface: Singer Camila Cabello Opens Up About Intrusive Thoughts

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Beneath The Surface: Singer Camila Cabello Opens Up About Intrusive Thoughts

Obsessive compulsive disorder is painted a particular way in mainstream media, typically with colors of neuroticism and anal retentive behaviors. Called a behavioral compulsive disorder, OCD is a combination of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. People who live with OCD either struggle primarily with compulsive behaviors, obsessive thoughts, or a combination of both. Compulsive behaviors are most often associated with obsessive compulsive disorder, which tends to lead to great misinformation, as well as stigma. Mistakenly, people will describe themselves as “OCD” without fully understanding the depth and complexity of the disorder.

When celebrities like Camila Cabello speak out about their personal experience with obsessive compulsive disorder, it helps the public understand the truth about OCD and realize that anyone can live with mental illness.

What Causes OCD?

Obsessive compulsive disorder is categorized as an anxiety disorder. Like any anxiety disorder, the root of OCD comes from fear. Fear can be imprinted from any kind of life experience, typically trauma. The brain can only handle so much fear and the energy which comes with fear. Attempting to cope with trauma and fear, the brain compartmentalizes and processes the best it can. Obsessive thoughts circulate the fear itself and inspire compulsive behaviors. Whatever the fear, thoughts and urges grow stronger and stronger. Either the thought has to be continuously obsessed over or a compulsive behavior has to take place to prevent whatever the thought is focusing on. Like Camila Cabello explained to Cosmopolitan, there is a sense of imminent doom unless the fear is obsessed over or acted upon. Cabello explained that when she gets stressed about something in particular, she will “…start to have the same thought over and over again, and no matter how many times I get to the resolution, I feel like something bad is about to happen if I don’t keep thinking about it.”

OCD Has Physical Symptoms As Well

Anxiety disorders cause an acceleration of the heart by stimulating the fight or flight response in the brain, which produces stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. Everything speeds up in moments where thoughts are taking over, feeding the obsessive cycle and causing the urge to act compulsively to grow stronger. Cabello explained, “I would wake up with a super-accelerated heartbeat and really negative, intrusive, compulsive thoughts,” she told Latina. “I was so inside my head, and I didn’t know what was happening.” The physical symptoms can be overwhelming in addition to all of the difficult thought processes and affect a professional’s career and personal life.

If you are a professional struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder and have turned to drugs or alcohol to cope, there is help available. Call the Center For Professional Recovery today for information on our treatment programs specifically designed for professionals: 855-422-4129

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