Mental Health Comic #48:
This features schizophrenia and OCD.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder. The patient believes in a thought which defies logic. The drawing shows a patient washing his hands repeatedly because he believes his hands are stained with germs. In his sleep, he even repeats his hand washing routine. He sleepwalks around, while moving his hands in the washing action.
Obsession with a thought or action can also lead to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The patient spends a disproportionate amount of time, or all his waking hours, engaged in an activity. He believes this act is necessary, or something dangerous will happen. For example, if he doesn’t wash his hands, he might catch an infection and die. At different points of time, he is aware that his obsession with that activity is illogical, but he can’t help it to stop and break the loop. His behaviors follow a closed loop with his obsession. He needs help from a professional therapist.