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Washing and Constant Cleaning, an Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Washing and Constant Cleaning, an Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD) Abstract Washing and constant cleaning, an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD often goes undiagnosed. Patients obsessively wash, check something or hoard things to relieve themselves of an overwhelming anxiety, and are fully aware their behavior is abnormal. This research studies a 23-year-old married woman who sought treatment for a severe washing and cleaning problem and how the patient was treated. I will discuss how the patient was diagnosed, and treated with a form of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy or CBT (exposure and response treatment) and what medications can be used for treatment....   [tags: Obsessive-compulsive Disorder OCD]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Why would a person cleanse their hands with scolding hot water, and the rough side of a sponge until their hands become, raw, crack, and bleed in order to feel clean. This same person may check to make sure the kitchen knives are locked away 50 times a day to insure their child is not stabbed with one. This situation is very common in people who have severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that triggers people to have unwanted fixations and to repeat certain activities again and again....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - There are many mental illnesses and disorders that affect millions of people lives. One such disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), typically manifests in men during the late teen years and in women during the early twenties. In the past, OCD has been difficult to diagnose, with a range of symptoms making a diagnosis more difficult. In addition, there are a variety of different therapies and treatments that can be adopted in order to alleviate the symptoms and help a patient return to a somewhat normal life....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders]
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, also known as OCD, is a psychiatric anxiety disorder that is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts along with repetitive behaviors. These unwanted thoughts are called obsessions and the repetitive behaviors are called compulsions. Repetitive behaviors such as hand washing, checking, counting, and cleaning are usually performed with the hope of making these obsessive thoughts go away or even preventing them. These repetitive behaviors are often referred to as ‘rituals’....   [tags: Psychiatric Disorders] 953 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Assessment - The client, Bill, experiences great levels of concern for the safety of his wife and young daughter. He describes his concerns as random, recurrent thoughts of dangerous events falling upon his family. As a result of these frequent thoughts of danger, Bill calls home every hour to check on his family. These thoughts and behaviors have been present for years. Bill' concerns have since escalated after his wife had an automobile accident. His constant telephoning home has led to the loss of one of his jobs....   [tags: OCD Assessment]
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Everyone has experienced emotions such as anxiety, fear, and worry; they are a part of everyday life. These reactions are normal and healthy; they typically don't come too often, and when they do, they don't last very long. However, the United States Health and Human Services Department (1998) estimates there is about 3.2 million Americans that suffer from a psychological anxiety disorder called obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Those who suffer from this condition have frequent upsetting and unreasonable thoughts, worries, or fears....   [tags: Psychology, Mental Health] 1631 words
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - ... Obsessions of a person suffering from OCD can be anything from; constantly checking to see if you turned the stove off before leaving the house, making sure your parking brake is on before leaving your car and even little things like constantly washing your hands (Smith, M., & Jaffe-Gill, E., 2010). You may think those are just normal things any human does, which is true, but what makes these classify as obsessions are when people constantly do them and essentially let them control their lives....   [tags: Rewind, Replay, Repeat]
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Religion - Obsessive Disorder and Religion Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects up to 2.1% of adults and features pervasive and intrusive thoughts that lead to repetitive uncontrollable behaviors aimed to reduce anxiety (APA, 2000). Further, these thoughts and behaviors impede and disrupt daily living and cause marked distress in the lives of the sufferer. The recurrent thoughts often center on fear of contamination, harming self or others, and illness (Himle, Chatters, Taylor, and Nguyen, 2011). Those who experience the compulsive behaviors associated with OCD report feeling as though they cannot stop or control the urge to perform the compulsive behavior and that the urge is alien or from outside conscious control....   [tags: Mental Illness ]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Assessment - Randal initially sought a psychological assessment for the presenting problem of depression. He began by stating that he had been having a difficult time with simple tasks and was easily overwhelmed. After further questioning, Randal began to elaborate on some of the thoughts that occupied his time and led to difficulty concentrating. He was constantly absorbed in anxiety about himself, or his family, coming into contact with a microbial disease. This thought pattern led to him compulsively washing his hands, obsessively cleaning surfaces and doorknobs, and throwing out perfectly fine clothing due to fear of contamination....   [tags: OCD Assessment] 1070 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children and Their Parents - People who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are preoccupied with certain distressing thoughts and feel compelled to perform certain behaviors. The compulsive acts usually block out the anxiety caused by the obsession. The obsessions are bothering images, thoughts, or urges that invade into a persons stream of consciousness. Compulsions are the repetitive behaviors that a person feels compelled to perform. There are various themes of obsessions and compulsions the most common being contamination, order/symmetry, harm or injury, sex, violence, and religion (Taylor et al., 2010) Research states that learning through developmental relationships (parent-child) interactions, can account for the symptoms of OCD to emerge in adulthood....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders] 1122 words
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The Diagnosis and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - The Diagnosis and Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder There are many factors to consider in the evaluation and treatment of Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This paper will discuss the strategies that have proven most effective in treating the disorder, including: drug therapy, cognitive therapy, and family-based therapy. It will focus on the benefits of flexibility, emphasizing combination therapy, especially with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).      Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has become an increasingly familiar disorder within the world of health and medicine....   [tags: OCD Medicine Medical Disorder]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Studies show that twenty two percent of Americans over the age of eighteen suffer from a mental illness. There are a numerous amount of mental illnesses that are discovered all over the world; one of these illnesses is obsessive-compulsive disorder. About every one in eighty two people have obsessive-compulsive disorder. The interesting thing about OCD is that many people that have it are very aware of their actions but they don't think that it is out of the ordinary. OCD is extremely common like asthma or diabetes, and the people who have can live a normal life....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders] 1504 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Obsessive compulsive disorder is a disease that many people know of, but few people know about. Many people associate repeated washing of hands, or flicking of switches, and even cleanliness with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), however there are many more symptoms, and there are also explanations for those symptoms. In this paper, I will describe what obsessive compulsive disorder is, explain some of the effects of it, and explain why it happens. I will also attempt to prove that while medication doesn’t cure OCD, it vastly improves one’s quality of life....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder “I know my hands are clean. I know that I have touched nothing dangerous. But… I doubt my perception. Soon, if I do not wash, a mind numbing, searing anxiety will cripple me. A feeling of stickiness will begin to spread from the point of contamination and I will be lost in a place I do not want to go. So I wash until the feeling is gone, until the anxiety subsides. Then I feel defeated. So I do less and less, my world becomes smaller and smaller and more lonely by the day” (Healthy Place: OCD Community)....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disorder that can affect children and adults. In order to fully understand OCD, many different areas of the disorder must be reviewed. First, OCD will be defined and the diagnosis criteria will be discussed. Secondly the prevalence of the disorder will be considered. The different symptoms, behaviors and means of treatment are also important aspects that will be discussed in order to develop a clearer understanding of the implications of obsessive compulsive disorder....   [tags: Anxiety Disorders Research 2014]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - -What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder that often begins in ones childhood. The actions that are occurring are extremely difficult to overcome. For example, one action that occurs is a compulsive behavior, which is something that a person must repeat over and over again. More behaviors include fear of dirt, germs, contamination, a desire to perform violence, and a responsibility for one’s safety. -What Causes OCD. Some studies show that OCD is caused by brain abnormality and attitudes at home....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders] 458 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - The human brain is a very powerful piece of structure; it is truly limitless when speaking about its potential. With a functional organ comes a dysfunctional possibility. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, (OCD), for instance, is nervousness in the mind. OCD is an anxiety disorder caused by repetitive intrusive thoughts and behaviors. It is a mental disorder marked by the involvement of a devotion to an idea or routine. Essentially, it is a false core belief which is believing that there is something wrong, causing the mind to overpower the body in order to better itself....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) -             Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, affects an average 1.7% of the population according to the Stanford University School of Medicine.  The recognition of this psychological disorder has grown in the recent years.  As the knowledge of this disorder becomes more prevalent, those suffering have become more willing to seek help (OCDA).             OCD is a condition “in which people experience repetitive and upsetting thoughts and/or behaviors” (OCDA).  While there are many variation of the disease, those suffering from OCD show signs in either or both of two categories: obsession and compulsion.  The obsessive factor varies from thoughts to images or to impulses.  These obsessions are often frequent, upsetting, and difficult to get rid of.  An example might be an unreasonable fear about germs, dirt, and/or contamination.  According to a study by  Rasmussen and Eisen in 1992, it is most common for people to suffer from multiple obsessions (Stanford).  There is a large range of what these obsessions might be.              Similar to obsession, the compulsion factor also has many different variations.  Compulsions are common ways for those suffering from OCD to cope with the stresses due to an obsession (OCDA).  They are defined as “repetitive and seemingly purposeful behaviors or mental acts performed to rigid rules” (Stanford).  Those inflicted are often subjected to these acts such as repetitive washing, counting, or praying.  However, the completion of these acts still offers little relief and no pleasure.              Many more than 1.7% of the population suffers from similar experiences and/or thoughts.  Nearly everyone has double checked if they locked a door or put something away.  The difference is when these repetitive acts get in the way of life.  While “most people are able to dismiss these thoughts”, those with this disorder are unable to ignore them.  While it is important to remember that all cases are different, all people suffering with OCD “pay undue attention” stressing over issues.  This undue attention in turn immobilizes them in a variety of areas in their lives (OCDA).               OCD affects a wide range of people, young and old alike.  Most cases show signs prior to age 25 (Stanford).  Almost all adults that are diagnosed with OCD have said that “they had their first symptoms as children” (OCDA).  The earlier onset of OCD symptoms, the more likely it is that the disorder will become more serious.  According to the Stanford University School of Medicine, on average men show signs and symptoms earlier than most women who are inflicted with OCD.  This is often one to three years earlier.  Nevertheless, major symptoms of OCD showed before age 15 in about in about one-third of all those inflicted and in about two-thirds by age 25 (Stanford).              The answer to what causes Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is not a simple one.  Studies have shown a clear link to it being a biologically based (Stanford).  It can be linked to both biochemical imbalances in the brain and abnormal brain functioning (OCDA).   OCD also has clear familial connections.  It is far more likely to suffer from OCD if someone with a genetic connection also suffers from the disorder.  However, psychological factors and personal experiences have also been rumored to trigger its onset. Births, deaths, high stress, and other traumatic experiences are likely to have some involvement in the diagnoses (OCDA)....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders 2014]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Introduction I want to write about obsessive-compulsive disorder because it is a very important thing in the life of humans that is present and that sometimes it is not taken care of or the people don't really know a lot about it. And when it is present people don't know what it is happening with the person provoking the ritual and then the question from the observer comes and commentaries are maid without really knowing the truth of what really is happening. In this essay I will include the relation with anthropology and the disorder....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders] 1731 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - I have always been fascinated with behavioral disorders, especially OCD. I learned about OCD a few years ago when I was reading a medical journal. At first, it seemed like something very odd. The idea that otherwise normal people can do such strange things, and not be able to control themselves was fascinating. I wanted to know more about this topic, which is why I chose to write my paper on it. I thought that by knowing more about the subject, I will be able to better understand how these people’s lives can be literally taken over by their constant worries and anxiety....   [tags: Essays on Eating Disorders]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD affects nearly two to three percent of the U.S. population. OCD affects both males and females, but males start to show signs of OCD at an earlier age, between the ages of six and fifteen, while in females it tends to occur later. “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. “OCD.”http://athealth.com/athealth31.cfm?topic=22(1 April 2000). A good example of OCD can be viewed in the movie “As Good As It Gets.” In this movie, Jack Nicholson plays a character who uses a bar of soap once, then throws it away, constantly checks the locks on doors to make sure they’re locked before leaving....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental illness that effects nearly 5 million Americans, and half a million children. Its a disease that fills the brain with unwanted ideas, and worries. OCD is a diseases that effects the Cerebral frontal cortex. Unfortunately there is no cure for OCD. Obsessive compulsive disorder can start developing as early as age five. In most cases OCD controls your life. Through out the rest of this paper I hope to inform you on Obsessive compulsive Disorders....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders] 489 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Always washing your hands. Or perhaps you are always counting things or checking things. Are these actions taking over your life or constantly occupying your mind. Perhaps you have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It was once thought that OCD was rare; however, recently it has been found that 2-3% (or 7 million Americans) of people have OCD. People with OCD are usually diagnosed by between the ages of 20 and 30, and about 75% of those who will develop OCD will show symptoms by age 30....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders]
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Obsessive-compulsive disorder, commonly known as OCD, is a type of anxiety disorder and was one of the three original neuroses as defined by Freud. It is characterized by "recurrent, persistent, unwanted, and unpleasant thoughts (obsessions) or repetitive, purposeful ritualistic behaviors that the person feels driven to perform (compulsions)." (1) The prime feature that differentiates OCD from other obsessive or compulsive disorders is that the sufferer understands the irrationality or excess of the obsessions and compulsions, but is unable to stop them....   [tags: Health Mental Disorders OCD Essays]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Nature of the Disability Obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as OCD, is an anxiety disorder which, “traps people in endless cycles of repetitive thoughts and behaviors” (WebMD, 2009). Anxiety disorders can not only affect a person’s mental, but also their physical behavior (Hallahan, 267). Specifically, people with OCD tend to be excessively nervous and have to perform rituals or compulsions to help themselves deal with the anxiety. The two symptoms of OCD are obsessions and compulsions, which can be different for every person (WebMD, 2009)....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders 2014]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder. The essential features of OCD are repeated thoughts that create an awareness of alarm or threat. (e.g., "I might get AIDS from the germs on that door knob;" "Since I had the thought of killing my baby, I might be capable of doing it;" "If I don't pick up that Band-Aid someone else might get sick from it, and I would hold myself culpable;" etc.). Persons typically engage in some avoidance or escape response in reaction to the obsessive threat (I typically refer to the obsessive threat as a "spike.")....   [tags: Mental Health Disorders] 3173 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - OCD: What's in Control. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is the fourth most common mental illness in the U.S. (8). OCD affects five million Americans, or one in five people (3). This is a serious mental disorder that causes people to think and act certain things repetitively in order to calm the anxiety produced by a certain fear. Unlike compulsive drinking or gambling, OCD compulsions do not give the person pleasure; rather, the rituals are performed to obtain relief from the discomfort caused by obsessions (2)....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders]
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Living With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Can you imagine walking down the street passing a building, and not being able to go on your way until you have counted every window in the building. How about trying to leave your house, but it takes you about one and a half to two hours to leave because you keep checking and checking to make sure the windows and doors are locked. These are just a few examples of how people may act who have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). People that have OCD find it hard to lead normal lives. They tend to suffer from recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and perform the same rituals (compulsions) that they feel that they cannot control....   [tags: Mental Health Disorders (OCD)] 892 words
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder      Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental illness that traps people in endless cycles of repetitive thoughts and behaviors and must repeat certain actions over and over to relieve that stress or to obtain from danger. Pierre Janet described obsessive-compulsive disorder by using the term psychasthenia. Sigmund Freud described obsessions and compulsions as psychological defenses used to deal with sexual and aggressive conflicts in the unconscious mind (Bruce Bower: 1987)....   [tags: Psychology OCD Essays Papers]
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) suffer intensely from recurrent unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or rituals (compulsions), which they feel they cannot control. Rituals such as handwashing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed in hope of preventing, obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these rituals, however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety. Left untreated obsessions and the need to perform rituals can take over a person's life....   [tags: Papers] 552 words
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - I found the article Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Pharmacological Therapy with Behavioral Therapy to be Very Interesting. Through Mary’s story I have learned a lot of new and interesting information concerning Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. Mary had several symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the most obvious being the excessive hand washing. One of the common obsessions of OCD is contamination fears of germs, dirt, etc. and the common compulsion is washing, which in Mary’s case became so excessive that it was taking 6 to 8 hours of her day....   [tags: essays research papers] 499 words
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The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. I’m sure that most everyone has seen different news shows or talk shows where you see the person washing their hands until they bleed, or go back and forth into the house to double, triple, quadruple check something. A person may walk around their house making sure everything is “in its place” and not stop until a level of perfect is reached but often perfection in their eyes is never achieved....   [tags: Papers] 1189 words
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as OCD causes people to suffer in silence and secrecy and can destroy relationships and the ability to work. It may bring on shame, ridicule, anger, and intolerance from friends and family. Although it has been reported in children, it strikes most often during adolescence or young adult years. The illness can affect people in any income bracket, of any race, gender, or ethnic group and in any occupation. If people recognize the symptoms and seek treatment, OCD can be controlled....   [tags: essays research papers] 1029 words
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Imagine if you couldn’t get your job done because throughout your shift you had to continuously wash your hands. To many people this would be an easy problem but not if you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Several little thoughts or rituals irritate a person with OCD daily. There are many factors, symptoms, and treatments regarding OCD. OCD is known as one of the anxieties disorders (geocities). It can be a crippling condition that can persist throughout a person’s life (geocities)....   [tags: essays research papers] 1180 words
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual defines obsessions and compulsions as follows; Obsessions are persistent ideas, thoughts, impulses, or images that are experienced as intrusive and inappropriate and that cause marked anxiety or distress. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors (e.g., hand washing, ordering, checking) or mental acts (e.g., praying, counting, repeating words silently) the goal of which is to prevent or reduce anxiety or distress, not to provide pleasure or gratification....   [tags: Papers] 734 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Eating Disorder - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder One kind of anxiety disorder is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This disease can ruin a person's life because it causes them to have repetitive thoughts and behaviors towards certain things. Life can become very difficult because this way of thinking and acting is very difficult to overcome, especially since the obsessions have no point and are stressful for the person. It begins to interfere with the person's school, work, and/or home. Obsessions are the unpleasant thoughts or impulses that cause the person with the disorder to have lots of anxiety and edginess....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment - The mental health disorder I have chosen for analysis is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). First, I will discuss symptoms and diagnostic criteria that is in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Then I will cover treatment OCD as it relates to the strengths perspective and the medical model of mental health. Finally, I will discuss the ethical responsibilities that Social Workers have towards clients in the mental health field. Symptoms and Diagnostic Criteria OCD often starts in adolescence or early adult hood (DSM, 2000)....   [tags: Mental Health Disorders (OCD)]
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Treatment Plan for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - This essay will cover what obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is and how leisure education can be used to help these individuals who have been diagnosed with OCD. This essay will discuss the various characteristics that can be noticed with an individual who has been diagnosed with OCD and also introduce different leisure activities that can be used to help these individuals. The overall goal for this essay is to provide strong evidence showing that leisure education can be useful in helping individuals with OCD....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders]
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Anoreixa Nervosa and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - I. Introduction Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder, have been hypothesized to have a relationship with obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, there remains a great amount of evidence in favor that anorexia nervosa and obsessive-compulsive disorder share more similarities than bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. The implications of integrating eating disorders with obsessive-compulsive disorder to create a "family" of disorders called obsessive compulsive spectrum disorder will be discussed....   [tags: Essays on Disorders]
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Anorexia Nervosa and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Anorexia Nervosa and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder often found in young adolescent women, that has been characterized by a distorted attitude towards weight and body image, a set of behaviors calculated to produce weight loss and other physiological and psychological symptoms. Physiological symptoms include (according to the DSM III- R criteria) starvation, amenorrhoea, and a refusal to maintain weight above 85% of their ideal weight. Psychological symptoms include an obsessive pursuit of thinness, along with obvious body preoccupation, and an incessant rumination about food....   [tags: Essays on Eating Disorders]
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Anorexia Nervosa and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Anorexia Nervosa and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder It has long been recognized that there are similarities between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anorexia Nervosa. These similarities lie in the symptoms of the disorder. Many patients of both diseases report intrusive, fearful thoughts, a compulsive need to perform rituals, and an obsession with maintaining these rituals. In the case of anorexia nervosa these behaviors center on food and thinness whereas in OCD they are of a more general type....   [tags: Essays on Eating Disorders]
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Living With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - This essay will introduce some similarities and differences between both symptoms and experiences of six different authors who have been personally affected by obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  Since OCD is not very well understood by many members of the public ("Escape"), I hope that the experiences of the authors that I researched will be able to paint a vivid picture of what life with OCD is like. Obsessive-compulsive disorder involves a chemical imbalance in the brain. This chemical imbalance is thought to be the main reason for obsessions and compulsions, although there may be other factors as well.  Nearly one in every fifty people suffers from symptoms of OCD ("Escape"), and approximately 5 million Americans are affected by it (George 82+).  To be diagnosed with OCD, an individual must suffer from obsessions and compulsions that actually interfere with their daily lives (Lanning 58+)....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders 2014]
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The Tragedy of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder which involves performing compulsions in response to certain obsessions. The obsessions are persistent and constant thoughts, images or ideas that keep running through a person’s mind, even though they are meaningless and unwanted. Most of the time, these obsessions focus on unpleasant or unnerving themes. Common obsessions are the person may fear becoming dirty or contaminated, having an uncontrollable impulse to hurt or kill a loved one, or fear that a fire, car accident, or other disaster will occur....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders] 1647 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - I have never nor do I know anyone who suffers from Obsession-Compulsive Disorder. When I first began my research, I didn’t know what to expect. I have now found that O.C.D. is more common than I originally thought. We meet and talk to people of all walks of life and see only what the other person wants to see. Most people are secretive, shameful and hide their illness. Some people with O.C.D. are aware of their condition and others know that something is different about them. Before we can discuss O.C.D....   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders] 1324 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Approximately five million people in the U.S., or about one in every 50 Americans, suffer from OCD. That’s about 2%, a substantial number of sufferers. It affects men, women, and children, as well as people of all races, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds.OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by symptoms that can include powerful, unwanted, or recurrent thoughts and/or compulsive, repetitive behaviors. Some of the most common obsessions are:Fear of contamination Fear of causing harm to another Fear of making a mistake Fear of behaving in a socially unacceptable manner Need for symmetry or exactness Excessive doubt Some of the most common compulsions may include:Cleaning/Washing Checking Arranging/Organizing Collecting/Hoarding Counting/Repeating Obsessions are unwanted, recurrent and unpleasant thoughts that cause anxiety....   [tags: Mental Health Disorders] 2346 words
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