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Full Exposure: The Sickening Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can be distressing and can cause dysfunction in people’s everyday lives. People all around the world suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder no matter their gender, race, or culture. Children, teens, and adults could potentially gain OCD depending on the stressful situations that occur in their lives. People who suffer from this disorder often have uncontrollable thoughts of worry and anxiety that lead to actions and behaviors that become repetitive habits. The actions normally occur when people think that the worst possible things might happen to them....   [tags: obsessive, compulsive disorder, anxiety]
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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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Mental Health Disorder: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - One of the most widely spread disorders across the country these days is obsessive compulsive disorder, or otherwise known as OCD. All types and ages of people can develop OCD, and it can play a large role in how you go about your daily life, and the daily stresses that you run into. Obsessive compulsive disorder falls in with the category of anxiety disorders, and is characterized by persistent routines and obsessions which often results in compulsive rituals done on a daily basis. Some common factors of having OCD is the need to arrange things, compulsive acts of hand washing, and even counting....   [tags: Mental Health, Mental Disorder, OCD]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - ... However, as OCD progresses, the sense of relief will last for a shorter and shorter amount of time, and the obsessions will keep coming back and the compulsions will have to continue being recited. A compulsion could also be an action or mental act that a person feels obliged to complete in an extremely stern fashion, even without experience of an obsession. Some people also do things a certain way each day just because it feels right. An example of this would be making sure pictures on the wall are always perfectly straight....   [tags: Anxiety Disorder, Obsessions, Compulsions]
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Overview of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Introduction Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (the fourth most prevalent psychiatric disorder), is an illness marked by the presence of either one or both of the criteria for having obsessive thoughts and repeating compulsive behaviors in order to repress the anxiety that the thoughts provoke. Since first being observed in the17th century, major developments have occurred in the diagnosis and treatment arenas of the illness. Furthermore, “obsessive-compulsive disorder is associated with substantial direct and indirect costs, which are compounded by an absence of recognition, and by under diagnosis and inappropriate treatment” (Stein, 2002)....   [tags: Healthcare, 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) - Several mental health disorders are brought on due to both psychological and biological problems. Many of these are anxiety or behavioral disorders. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of these disorders that is an issue in both anxiety and behavioral issues. Its causes may be psychological, biological, or, in most cases, both. Many studies have been conducted on OCD and show that it is a complex disorder with many different symptoms. There have been treatments and medications to help reduce the symptoms and help people to overcome the disorder....   [tags: health, mental 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 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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Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - There are different ways to help treat obsessive-compulsive disorder whether it be by the use of medication or psychotherapy. Neither of these course of treatments is able to completely eliminate all the obsessions, compulsions, or any of the symptoms associated with OCD, but they do help diminish them so that the patient in question can gain control of their social life and workplace behaviors. In order to prescribe a treatment plan for a patient, the patient must first undergo a careful evaluation in which many different aspects of their lives are overseen....   [tags: antidepressant, therapy, religion]
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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 out...   [tags: Mental Illness ]
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Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Children with mental health illness’s have recieved insufficent attention particuarly in the the domains of research, practice and funding within health care services. Nevertheless, there has been an greater emphasis placed on psychosocial and pharamogolical treatments that are tailored to children rather than a extension of adult mental health practices (Pyle, Jordan, and Saklofkse, 2009). As many childhood disorders were once believed to to dissipate as children aged, it is essential to acknowledge that these disorders, actually have a large effect on future development (Fichter, Kohlboeck, Quadflieg, Wyschkon and Esser, 2009)....   [tags: mental health illness, OCD]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - We could all say we have a little bit of OCD in us, but for some it’s truly a curse. The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that causes those who have it to perform rituals. These rituals can vary from constantly double checking to just worrying that things aren’t going the right way. It’s even found that some stimuli can condition certain rituals. For instance if a kid spilled his marbles on a table the person with OCD would have a sudden need to organize them by color, size , or even by most favorite to least favorite....   [tags: anxiety, rituals, obsession, therapy, behavior]
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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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Psychological Assessments for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Psychological Assessments for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) published by the American Psychiatric Association, used by psychologists to classify mental disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD is defined by obsessions and compulsions that are time-consuming, uncontrollable, and interfere with the individual’s cognition and social development (APA, 2000). For the purpose of this paper the focus will be on psychological assessments used to assist in the diagnosis of OCD....   [tags: mental disorders, rituals, obsessions]
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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 accoun...   [tags: Essays on Anxiety Disorders] 1122 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Types and Treatment - Obsessive compulsive disorder is said to affect 2.3% of the population who are between the ages of eighteen and fifty-four. In the United States alone, 3.3 million people suffer from this mental illness. Statistics have shown that both men and women are equally affected by obsessive compulsive disorder. Children as young as six years old could show signs of OCD, however, diagnosis at this age could be difficult. In most cases, signs of OCD become definite during adolescence into early adulthood....   [tags: Anxiety, Depression, Psychology]
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Case Analysis - Regina is a 20 year-old single female who is struggling to obtain her business degree at a mid-sized university. In the last two and a half years she has only received 26 credit hours. Seeing that she is having problems, her adviser along with her parents, suggested that she attend therapy. Regina is frequently having anxiety about germs and performing certain rituals in order to lessen her anxiety. In order to be comfortable in her classes, she feels she must arrive early, find a specific desk on a certain row, and thoroughly clean the desk and seat before she can be seated....   [tags: OCD Treatment, OCD Therapy]
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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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Society and Mental Illness: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder with episodes of recurring and persistent thoughts and compulsive behaviors that interfere with a person's daily life. These obsessive thoughts often cause the patient extreme fear and anxiety, and the compulsive, repetitive behaviors are performed to alleviate the distress and anxiety. OCD sufferers worry and fear that something bad may happen if they do not engage in their repetitive behaviors. OCD does not produce any pleasure or enjoyment for these patients....   [tags: treatment, mental 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: 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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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 obsessi...   [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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Analysis of a Cleaning/Contamination Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Case - Analysis of a Cleaning/Contamination Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Case This case paper is about Lucinda, a 20-year old single female, who suffers from the Cleaning/Contamination Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) condition since she was very young. She is characterized by intrusive thoughts, images, and/or impulses that cause distress (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors that are performed to neutralize these intrusions (Coles, Schofield & Pietrefesa, 2006), i.e. her repetitive cleaning and washing behaviors....   [tags: undesirable objects, germs, case study]
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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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Identifying Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in School-Aged Children - Very few people fully understand the implications of obsessive compulsive disorder and social phobias, but experts lead the way in making sense of these disorders. There are so many ideas as to what causes these conditions, and ways to treat them. Another implication that a lot of people don’t know or care to consider is whether or not these disorders are highly associated with violence. In the classroom setting, it is important to keep everyone safe. Students with such disorders may be at risk of hurting themselves and others....   [tags: Social Issues, Lack of Serotonin]
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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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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: Nature vs Nurture - Since the beginnings of psychology the debate of nature verses nurture has been going on. Certain psychologists take the position of the nature perspective. They argue that people are born with predispositions towards certain personalities, traits and other characteristics that help shape them into the people that they become later in life. Meanwhile multiple other psychologists argue the nurture perspective. They believe that people are born as a blank slate and their experiences over the course of life help shape their personalities, traits, and other characteristics....   [tags: Nature vs. Nurture Essays]
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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - On occasion there are individuals, such as Howard Hughes, who are plagued by intrusive thoughts, ritualistic behaviors, or mental acts in which they feel compelled to entertain. Individuals such as this suffer from a psychological disorder known as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). “According to factor analytic research, OC symptoms have been linked to three main dimensions of dysfunctional beliefs: the over importance of and need to control thoughts (ICT), perfectionism and the intolerance of uncertainty (PC), and the inflated responsibility and overestimation of threats (RT).” (Taylor, Afifi, Stein, Asmundson, & Jang, 2010) Two of these dysfunctional beliefs, perfectionism and the ov...   [tags: psychology, behaviors, mental acts]
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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 - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD for short, has affected numerous people; one being Jeff Bell, the author of the book Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. This book has much insight on OCD and touches many interesting facts that some people would never know prior to reading. Rewind, Replay, Repeat is a book written from the author, Jeff Bell’s, point of view. The book is a reflection of Bell’s life and how he has coped while living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder....   [tags: Rewind, Replay, Repeat]
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Obsessive-compulsive Disorder - What is obsessive-compulsive disorder. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that affects a person’s thoughts and behaviors. OCD is characterized by recurrent and disturbing thoughts, fears, and/or images (called obsessions) (Coon and Mitterer , 511), which lead to an urgent need to perform repetitive, ritual-like behaviors or routines that the sufferer feels compelled to perform (called compulsions) (Goodman). OCD usually involves both obsessions and compulsions, but about 20% of sufferers have obsessions alone, while 10% suffer from compulsions alone (Goodman)....   [tags: Nursing Essays]
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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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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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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] 587 words
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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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A View at Various Aspects of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - When it comes to OCD there are many things that the general public ignores, thus there are many misconceptions about the disorder. First of all what exactly is it. OCD is a disorder with a lifetime prevalence of 1.6 to 2 percent and which affects about 1 to 3 percent of children in the United States (Myrick and Green, 2012) , and is characterized by repeating and frequent thoughts that the patient recognizes as irrational and incongruous but that he or she cannot overcome or ignore. These types of thoughts are what are known as obsessions (Fenger, Mortensen, Rasmussen, and Lau, 2007)....   [tags: repetitive behaviors, fear, obsession]
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