Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sleep Apnea and OCD

There has been a lot written about OCD Obsessive-compulsive disorder over the past few years. It affects many people, including quite a few celebrities. I received an email about an article about OCD and how it affects the famous and successful folks also. It also seems that OCD can have an effect on your sleep, making sleep disorders worse including sleep apnea.

What is OCD?

According to the article OCD is “can affect people at different levels of severity and by manifesting itself through different behaviors or rituals, but it can really interfere with a person's everyday activities, commitments and schedule, relationships, and ability to deal with anxiety and stress.”


Sleep disorders and OCD

Sleep disorders can be caused by a form of OCD called PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. An article in the NY Times Health site states that sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea can develop within a month after a traumatic experience. They also say that sleep apnea sufferers can be at risk of a panic disorder.


What is the treatment for OCD?

  • Medication 
  • Cognitive Behavior therapy 
  • In extreme cases surgery

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