Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

By Cie Ann Scott Ph.D.

OCD is a pervasive condition that causes individuals to overexamine their thoughts, spoken words,
actions, productivity, and relationships. In the overexamination of any of these categories, they always
believe that their words, thoughts, or actions are inadequate. This causes them to wish for change
and improvement. The major diagnostic features of obsessive-compulsive disorder cause sufferers
to repeat this mental examination throughout the day, often generating a dangerous level of tension.
They are never satisfied with themselves. They repeat their activities to correct their unacceptable
circumstances with incredible desperation. Examples might be…

Working 12 hours a day, feeling they are getting nowhere
Shopping endlessly, buying more items than they can use
Showering for 2 hours a day, changing clothes repeatedly, and never feeling clean
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OCD sufferers don’t know and can’t explain why they do such things. These are examples of self-
soothing activities to fill emotional emptiness caused by under parenting or impaired receptivity to
parenting in early childhood. They are pacifiers for the parenting they needed much earlier in life.
Because they felt they could not depend o­n parents, they turn inward, depending o­n their own
invented behaviors. This leads to total isolation, and they become unable to reach out to anyone.

Under parenting is o­n the rise in the United States. During the past ten years, the number of
reported cases has increased alarmingly, and is sure to increase in the future. We live at a time
when millions of parents are so obsessed with making money that they do not have enough time or
energy for proper child care, as they are more concerned with expensive cars, homes, and clothing.
Often mothers feel that caring for their children is the lowest part of their day in terms of self-esteem.
This is disastrous for the nurturing quality in our nation. Basically, mothers that do not provide
support, commitment, and caretaking for their children are the major cause.

Fathers traditionally feel more justified in devoting themselves to the world of work. At home they may
feel more distant, left out, unappreciated, and lacking any real authority. Children have always
required focus and authority as well as love from their parents. Today's emotionally confused parents
often have more difficulty with authoritative behavior and focus than with love.

Families in which the mother holds a full-time job seem to facilitate under parenting. It is the
inevitable result. Women find it impossible to be the primary parent. An increasing amount of younger
people struggle with emotional isolation, unable to depend upon anyone or anything but their
extraordinary rituals, such as over cleaning and overworking. These rituals serve these under
parented people; simply an overcompensating for care they believe has not been given in childhood

In extremely unfortunate circumstances, a young girl will turn to a neighbors or older men that will
elicit sex from these young girls. Because the girls know that this act is dirty, but desperately feel that
they need the attention, they will continue to have physical relationships that they are extremely
unhealthy. The behavior or ‘ritual’ that usually follows is excessive and repetitive showering, as an act
of cleaning up after feeling ‘dirty.’

This is the structure of obsessive-compulsive disorders:

Continuous anxiety state due to either biological-heredity or environmental causes.
Concern that parents are unable to make o­ne feel better.
Development of a sense of hopelessness about depending o­n others for comfort, support, and
Emotionally turning inward; feeling disconnected from others.
Inventing secret pseudosolutions (rituals) for resolution of emotional distress.
Discarding emotional accessibility due to intense belief in rituals and preoccupation (obsession)
with carrying them out.
Since these rituals must be repeated to conquer the future anxiety, they are compulsive. Overthinking
each ritual is part of the certainty created by the subject or patient that is performed both properly and
adequately, so the thinking becomes obsessive. This combination of thought and behavior is
considered obsessive-compulsive.

In order to decrease obsessive-compulsive disorders as a whole, there must be an increase in
proper parental nurturing. This requires men and women who are ready for long-term commitment
as parents, putting the good of their children first, often subjugating their own needs and desires to
those of their offspring. The 60’s or 70’s were encouraging times. A caring society is more likely to
produce caring parents.

In my mind, people have children for the wrong reasons. Because it is traditional, or because the
Pope wants to produce a population, many Catholic children are born. They are born out of what
people believe is religious or noble, but so many of these parents must work long hours at blue
collar jobs to keep a roof over their heads. There is a great lack of parenting, which is why the high
schools are now loaded with guns, also a tool to help kids compensate for fear derived from under
parenting. As these trends continue, few of the children raised today will have good values or morals.
Very few will have enough self-esteem to make good choices and decisions.