In the patient's words:
I feel less worried now as compared to before and much more relaxed. It is a great relief to know that nothing is wrong with me and I was unnecessarily bothering myself. Many thanks to Dr. Shah and to Speciality Clinic for my OCD cure.
Male/ 18 years
Diagnosis: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
When we first saw the patient, he had severe anxiety that he had contracted AIDS; he would brood over it constantly.
As a child, he was always depressed. Since the 5th grade, he would get negative thoughts. Once in the fifth standard his aunt had scolded him that why he didn't keep his handkerchief properly; since then he tried to be perfect in everything.
In their school, the teacher had scared them that if they cut tomatoes, they will contract AIDS. Since then, he had developed a marked fear of disease and he felt that he had contracted HIV; he had gone to get all the routine blood tests, which came out to be normal. Yet, he could not believe that he did not have AIDS. Thinking too much about all this caused headaches.
The patient also had severe anxiety about his loved ones. There was confusion of mind and tired feeling. Washing hands 3-4 times before eating food was a common thing for him.
From childhood, he had a feeling of being neglected by his parents. As a person, his father was quite strict and used abusive language. Being very religious, his father expected the children to go to temple regularly. The patient was afraid of his father as he would create a big scene if things did not go according to his wishes and this would disturb the whole family; for this reason the patient would not express himself. Others felt that he was of a quiet disposition. He disliked fights and quarrels.
The patient's younger brother was very sharp and mixed well with everyone. The parents constantly compared them and this stressed him a lot. As a teenager, he got involved in the wrong company and felt he was mesmerized by his friends who had lured him into leaking the exam papers and selling them to make money. They talked about big things in life whereas he felt lost. There was a marked confusion of mind. In addition, during this phase, he got involved into homosexuality and was sexually abused while he was in NCC- he had 4-5 such events.
Some other marked symptoms were fear of ghost, death, and an anxious feeling that what if someone gave him food which was infested with the virus. On account of being slow in understanding and lacking in concentration, he was afraid of exams. He was very shy by nature and could not mix easily with people. There was marked feeling of inferiority.
After evaluation the patient was prescribed Calc carb 200. Next he was seen after 6 weeks. The patient reported he felt much better, he had no headache. Over the next few weeks, his condition kept improving. He was more positive in life and now felt assured that he did not have AIDS. His anxiety and fears were less. He did not wash his hands repeatedly as he used to do before. He had started attending college regularly and had no other complaint other than wanting further medication for treating his premature graying of hair.
Note: It is advisable that the patient does not indulge in any kind of self-medication in obsessive compulsive disorder cases.