Introduction. For This Research Assignment, The Selected

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Introduction For this research assignment, the selected movie was As Good as It Gets. The author of this paper will provide an examination of the abnormalities of Jack Nicholson’s character Melvin Udall. The purpose of this paper is to investigate to the extent of which Melvin’s abnormalities correlate to the DSM-5 description of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Further evaluation includes discussing the portrayal, etiology, prognosis, and proper therapeutic approaches for the OCD symptoms exhibited by Melvin. Additionally, the author of this paper will analyze and provide a personal reflection on the knowledge gained from this extensive research of OCD. Conclusively, the author of this paper seeks for an extended understanding of OCD…show more content…
The obsession or compulsions are time-consuming (e.g., take more than 1 hour per day) or cause clinically significant distress or impairment in important areas of functioning. The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance or another medical condition and is not better explained by the symptoms of another mental disorder (Barlow & Durand, 2016, p. 153). Melvin fits the criteria for OCD through displaying mental acts, repetitive behaviors, and exhibiting symmetry obsessions. Most noticeably Melvin manifest mental acts. For instance, Melvin opens, closes, unlocks and locks every door encountered exactly five times. Moreover, Melvin performs a homologous routine flipping light switches on and off precisely five times. Additionally, Melvin moves both feet in a triangular formation before slipping on shoes. Furthermore, Melvin sits at the same table at the same restaurant daily. After meeting Carol, Melvin extends this pattern insisting to always have Carol as a server. Symmetry obsessions are another behavior, Melvin often showcases, qualifying for the criteria for OCD. “Symmetry refers to keeping things in perfect order or doing something in a specific way” (Barlow & Durand, 2016, p. 152).
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