Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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(Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) OCD is an anxiety disorder where people have reoccurring and unwanted needs, feelings, thoughts, and obsessions that make them do something. The person usually carries out the behavior to get rid of the obsessive feelings and often experiences anxiety when not preforming it. It is more common than people used to think. Most people who get it begin to develop and usually begin to see symptoms around the age of 30. There is no known cause of it but a theory is that it is caused by a head injury. There is another theory that it is related to Tourette syndrome because a common symptom is tics. The general public doesn't know a lot about this disorder. They usually do not understand the disorder and people with the disorder feel like outsiders. Usually to treat this disorder people are prescribed drugs and undergo therapy.
Categories
  • Washers are afraid of getting dirty and clean themselves repeatedly
  • Checkers repeatedly check things to see if they are ok,off, or on
  • Doubters and sinners are afraid that if everything is not perfect that they will get in trouble or be punished
  • Counters and arrangers they are obsessed with symmetry and make sure things are organized and line up correct
  • Hoarders are don't want to throw anything away, they often keep all they're possessions piling up in their houses

Medication used
these are antidepressants
  • Citalopram
  • Fluoxetine
  • Fluvoxamine
  • Paroxetine
  • Sertaline
Symptoms
  • fear of dirt and germs
  • fear of causing harm to someone
  • fear of messing up
  • fear of being embarrassed
  • fear of thinking bad things
  • fear that things are not neat or in orderly fashion
  • needing constant reassurance
common compulsions
  • keeping or hoarding possessions that are meaningless
  • needing to do things multiple times for reassurance
  • eating foods in a specific order
  • repeating specific words
  • constantly arranging things in a certain way
  • constantly counting in your head
  • repeatedly checking things
  • refusing to touch people or doorknobs
  • repeatedly washing yourself
common therapy
  • Exposure and response prevention
  • Cognitive therapy
Works cited
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder(book) Medical Guide page 1958(book)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001926/
michael & logan
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One common behaivor of OCD is vigorously washing hands