Behavioral Theories Of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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From a cognitive approach, obsessive-compulsive disorder is the result of people blaming their obsessions and compulsions on themselves and therefore having non-rational thoughts of bad things occurring if there compulsions are not acted upon. People with this disorder will attempt to neutralize their thoughts by the compulsions which is usually unsuccessful. In turn, the individual will only feel ease from the negative thoughts temporarily. Treatment from a cognitive approach focuses on giving the patient an understanding of the cognitive process involved in their disorder (Comer 167). Cognitive therapists will help the patient understand why they are feeling the way they are, then they begin to direct their thinking patterns in a more…show more content…
Studies have found that drugs such as clomipramine, fluoxetine, and fluvoxamine help between 50 and 80% of patients. The downfall to this type of treatment is that once the patient comes off of the medication the obsessions and compulsions return. This treatment only covers the symptoms of this disorder. Since there are downfalls to each treatment, cognitive, behavioral, and biological therapies are often used in combination. Obsessive-compulsive disorder can last for years or even be life long depending on how successful the treatment is. I chose to write a research paper on OCD because it is a disorder I am very interested in. I think this disorder can have a huge impact on people’s functioning. I could relate to the research I found on this topic, because I experience similar obsessions and compulsions. Although, I have never been diagnosed with this disorder. Sometimes it is difficult to determine whether or not the symptoms are affect daily functioning, because in some ways it does and in some it does not. For example, when I use the stove in the morning I will worry about turing it off. I do not have compulsions like explained in the research. I will only have obsessive thought about the outcomes if it was left on all day. In this case, there is only obsessive thoughts, but I think this might be related to the disorder. Even though I know I turned the stove off, this causes anxiety for me which could be considered to impact my
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