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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 - A man lies down and begins to try and fall asleep but suddenly remembers that he cannot remember if he locked the doors to his house. He cannot fall asleep until he knows for sure all the doors are locked, so he proceeds to get up and check if every door is locked. He does this three times until he is finally comfortable enough to go to sleep. What could possibly be wrong with this man. This man most like has a disability called Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD. In the past, this man with OCD would have been considered extremely strange, but it is now known that OCD is somewhat common in today’s world....   [tags: Anxiety Disorder, Obsessions, Compulsions]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children - I wanted to research on the topic of obsessive compulsive disorders because of my great aunts experience with it. My great aunt Molly had obsessive compulsive behavior. This disorder came to kill her. She was vacuuming, I’m not sure for how long but she called her sister and explained she felt as if she was having a heart attack. Great aunt Molly said to her sister she could not call an ambulance until she finished cleaning the floors. She never got to finish cleaning the floors because she died....   [tags: extraordinary fears and axieties]
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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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Causes of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - A man lies down and begins to try and fall asleep but suddenly remembers that he cannot remember if he locked the doors to his house. He cannot fall asleep until he knows for sure all the doors are locked, so he proceeds to get up and check if every door is locked. He does this three times until he is finally comfortable enough to go to sleep. What could possibly be wrong with this man. This man most like has a disability called Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD. In the past, this man with OCD would have been considered extremely strange, but it is now known that OCD is somewhat common in today’s world....   [tags: environmental, genetics] 785 words
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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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Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - ... This will be the psychological method of treatment discussed. Victor Meyer was the first to be credited with performing a study pertaining to the effects of ERP on OCD. He persuaded hospitalized patients to face stimuli his patients would normally avoid for two hours every day without the patient participating in any rituals they would normally utilize to seek comfort from the distressing stimuli. The results of the study were found to be fairly positive; ten out of fifteen responded very well; and out of those ten, only two had relapsed back to their former ways (Abramowitz, 2006)....   [tags: prevention, obsessions and compulsions] 989 words
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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 (OCD) - ... Although OCD has no specific cause, it can be onset by health issues, genetics, or stressful time periods. Strep throat is one of the only health issues that have the ability to cause OCD. It occurs when anti-bodies that fight the infection attack nerve tissues in the central part of the brain, this is also called “basal ganglia”. Even though there is no specific gene that causes this disorder, the risk of a child acquiring OCD is a lot higher if even just one of their family members has it (“Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder”)....   [tags: symptoms, treatment, brain] 1291 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder which makes people has behaviors that they have to perform. It is an obsessive thought and they cannot ignore it, so they perform it until they feel safety the need. It is normal to check if the oven if off, to check the door is lock, but OCD is a want in their mind they cannot control. There are different categories for OCD, washers who are scare of contamination, checks who repeatedly check things, doubters are scare if nothing is not perfect then someone bad will happen, arrangers are order and symmetry, and hoarders who keep everything because they think something bad will happen if they throw it away....   [tags: behavior, control, hoarders, treatment] 531 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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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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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - ... OCD signs and symptoms: Compulsive behaviors Common compulsive behaviors in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) include:  Excessive double-checking of things, such as locks, appliances, and switches.  Repeatedly checking in on loved ones to make sure they’re safe.  Counting, tapping, repeating certain words, or doing other senseless things to reduce anxiety.  Spending a lot of time washing or cleaning.  Ordering or arranging things “just so.”  Praying excessively or engaging in rituals triggered by religious fear....   [tags: anxiety disorders, psychology] 1242 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - ... TCA’s are antidepressants and are shown to work better than anti-anxiety medication and take about 10-12 weeks to start working. A common TCA is Anafranil(clomipramine) made by the pharmaceutical company Novartis and is the first drug to obtain FDA approval to treat OCD. Common side effects are lightheadedness, weight gain, dry mouth, sweating and constipation. A rare side effect of taking any OCD medication is serotonin syndrome and it is when there is more serotonin than needed in parts of the brain and is a result of taking more than one psychiatric drug at a time or combining them in the wrong way....   [tags: mental health, anxiety disorders]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - ... When a person continuously repeats an action, obsessions may go away. Usually they would return after a short period of time. Once they return, the compulsions will start again, starting a cycle of obsessive-compulsion. Another is losing control; fear of acting on an impulse to harm oneself, fear of violent or horrific images in ones mind, fear of blurting out obscenities or insults, and fear of stealing things. Harm is another obsession; fear of being responsible for something terrible happening (examples: fire, burglary), and fear of harming others because of not being careful enough (example: dropping something on the ground that might cause someone to slip and hurt him/herself)....   [tags: anxiety disorders, psychological analysis] 1233 words
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Taking a Look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - ... Onset for the disorder is around 15-17 years of age and has about equal prevalence in men and women. Those who are affected by this disorder can often have other disorders linked to it or have disorders branch off of it like Hoarding Disorder. The origin of Obsessive Compulsive disorder is unknown due to the fact that it is a combination of environmental, cognitive, and behavioral factors. One explanation currently for a contributing factor for OCD is a lack of serotonin. It was not until the 1980s’ when it was termed OCD, in the DSM III....   [tags: mental and anexiety disorders, ] 645 words
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A Brief Overview of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - A brief overview of OCD....... Obsessive compulsive disorder is a form of an anxiety disorder. It is the condition in which someone is flooded with persistent thoughts called obsessions and in order to control those thoughts they engage in repetitive behaviors or mental acts called compulsions. Article 1 summary....... Patient adherence predicts outcome from cognitive behavioral therapy in obsessive compulsive disorder This was an empirically based study conducted to explore the effect of patient adherence and treatment outcome....   [tags: anxiety disorders, mental illness]
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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 - ... Following employing these methods, treatment begins (Stein, 2002). Epidemiology According to the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication Study, the average onset of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder typically occurs at an average age of 19.5(Butcher, Hooley, & Mineka, 2014); early onset tends to be a reliable criterion for determining its severity (Thomsen, 2013). In fact, both children and adults are susceptible to developing the disorder, and similar symptoms are reported across both demographics....   [tags: anxiety, mental health issue]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - ... Even though it can occur at any age the average age of onset to OCD is 9 to 11 years of age with males showing sign earlier than females in most cases (book). Causes: Obsessive-compulsive disorder can result from certain biological factors such as changes in ones chemicals or in a persons brain functions; also no gene has been found to cause this disorder (mayoclinic). From an environmental standpoint “OCD may stem from behavior-related habits that you learned over time” (mayoclinic). Also people who have more stress in their lives have more of a chance of contracting Obsessive-compulsive disorder (britanica)....   [tags: common mental diseases]
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Nature or Nurture? - ... Even with predisposed OCD genes, many argue that children could still remain OCD-free without their triggers. They also believe the gene is only half of the disorder on it’s own and that there must be a trigger (which can be stress, traumatic experiences, depression, etc) which would be outside of biological factors. However, as argued in the hereditary paragraph, most studies would argue that OCD is genetically transmitted. The argument of the twins still can also be used to argue that it is very likely for both twins to develop OCD when one twin develops OCD during childhood (over 50% chance of developing OCD)....   [tags: mental disorders, psychological analysis]
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Devastating Effects of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on Individuals - ... When testing for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, doctors run a series of psychological tests. A physical exam will not show evidence of OCD. To be officially diagnosed patients must meet these criteria listed in the American Psychology Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: the obsession and compulsions must be uncontrollable, the patient must understand the symptoms are unreasonable, and that the obsessions and compulsions interrupt the patient’s daily routine (Parks 18)....   [tags: anxiety disorder, feelings, obsessions] 1811 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - ... Checkers will continually check things over and over that they associate with any harm or danger. Doubters and sinners fear anything that is not perfect or done exactly precise, and believe that in turn it’ll create something horrible to happen to them and they will have to face a punishment. Counters and arrangers obsess over order and symmetry and often associate certain numbers, colors, and arrangements with superstitions and negative experiences. Lastly, hoarders fear a consequence that may occur if they were to throw anything away, even if the item has no value or use to them....   [tags: mental illness, unwanted thoughts]
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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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As Good as It Gets: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - ... Obsessions are thoughts, images or ideas that won’t go away, they are recurrent and usually disturbing. Most individuals have disturbing thoughts from time to time but people with Obsessive compulsive disorder worry constantly about catching a disease, germs, contamination, fears of something happening to a loved one, a need to keep doing something until it “feels right”. These are not simply everyday worries, they feel overpowering and often individuals try to ignore or suppress their obsessions with another thought or action....   [tags: Melvin character analysis] 1729 words
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Frequent Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - ... Accompanying the endless unwanted thoughts, another major symptom of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is engaging in repeating rituals. When this happens, the person has an itch to do something, it could be anything, and they can’t help but do it non-stop. Along with the uncontrollable thoughts, acting on these compulsions gives them temporary relief from their anxiety, and if they don’t do them their axiety rises (sirs 2, page 1).One of the most common compulsions that people who suffer from this disorder is excessive washing of the hands and checking things (sirs, page 2)....   [tags: thoughts, rituals, shame] 1134 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Nutrition - ... It has been shown to be successful in treating OCD and it’s also effective for other anxiety disorders. This is formed from precursor coenzymes found in B-vitamins. Example of foods with high tryptophan level are elk meat, goat, seaweed, soy, spinach, crabs, halibut, and shrimps. Inositol - Inositol is a nutrient related to vitamin B complex, which is necessary for the cell membranes’ proper formation. It has an ability to affect nerve transmission as well as transporting fats within the body....   [tags: diet, brain, serotonin, supplements] 650 words
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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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Obsession and Compulsion Are the Key Features in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - ... Though being diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder can vary from one physician to another especially since some still follow the DSM-IV-TR guidelines instead of the new and revised DSM-5. Another factor that can cause differing views on how disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder are viewed as well as accepted is culture. After conducting a research study Pirutinsky, Rosmarin, and Pargament concluded: In addition, Orthodox participants in our study expressed more stigma towards the hypothetical individual with religious OCD symptoms, as compared to an individual exhibiting clinically equivalent, but nonreligious OCD symptoms (2009)....   [tags: germs, mental, medical] 976 words
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The Effects of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder on Every Day Life - A person with OCD cannot function normally in their daily life because their obsessions and compulsions consume them. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, commonly referred to as OCD affects more than 2% of the population. The disorder is notable for making people consume themselves in orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency. Patterns of OCD develop during early adulthood. About half of those with OCD develop it in childhood, and are categorized as either mild or extreme....   [tags: fear, harm, tasks]
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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) - 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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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) - 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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