When celebrities or influential people talk about their struggles with mental illnesses or addiction without worrying about being judged or criticized, they not only earn immense respect and love from their fans, but also act as an inspiration for people living in denial or those doing little about their conditions.
Cuban-American singer and songwriter Camila Cabello has created news by joining the league of famous people who have spoken candidly about their tussle with mental illnesses and addiction. And, it seems that the ‘Never Be the Same’ songstress believes in living by the words of her albums. Her recent interview with the ‘Cosmopolitan UK’ not only reveals how she managed to never let her struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) come in the way of her success, but also debunks a popular myth about the disorder, according to experts.
Struggling with intrusive thoughts that kept surging repeatedly despite all efforts, she emphasized in her interview that this side effect of OCD does not get much attention compared to other symptoms. Many a times, people living with OCD are familiar with such disturbing thoughts, but they fail to seek guidance due to the lack of awareness. Through her revelations, Cabello has garnered massive support from the medical fraternity for pinpointing the main problem area of OCD that remains ignored and largely unaddressed.
OCD symptoms are often misunderstood, say experts
Things got easier for her after she was diagnosed with the problem, Cabello told the magazine. This sheds light on the fact that the symptoms of mental illnesses, such as OCD, depression and anxiety, are often ignored or not interpreted in the right sense. Often, people let go such symptoms by considering them as personal habits or behavioral choices. However, this may not be true always.
Cabello’s interview also helped debunk the myth that mental illnesses afflict people living in a certain set of conditions. Factually, OCD and other mental health conditions do not discriminate anyone. People of all ages, races and backgrounds can suffer from any mental illness due to various factors, including genetic, environmental, economic and social.
Briefly, everything from straightening picture frames to color-coding may or may not fall under the purview of OCD. The best way to find out whether it does or not is by consulting a certified mental health practitioner. This can change the “I’m so OCD” mentality, as well as can help people seek timely guidance or help if the condition exists. Only when people remember that OCD is a serious mental health condition with debilitating side effects, they can help themselves or others in need.
OCD and most other mental illnesses are treatable
Despite a large number of people suffering from OCD, people continue to trivialize this condition as a personality disorder. A bitter truth about this disorder is that it continues to evolve throughout one’s life, increasing the risk of reappearance of the long-gone symptoms. Therefore, leaving the disorder undiagnosed or untreated can have serious effects on the afflicted person and people around him or her, including aggravation of the existing condition and the development of comorbid disorders.
Hamilton feels that there are several ways to tackle OCD, including, staying away from negative triggers that can lead to an OCD episode (people, things and places), dedicating time for mindful activities, doing yoga and deep-breathing exercises, and accepting the presence of the disorder. He also adds that seeking professional help is critical to master coping skills and enjoy a lasting recovery.
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