Obsessive Compulsive Disorder : A Type Of Severe Anxiety Disorder

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Obsessive-Compulsive disorder is a type of severe anxiety disorder that impacts an individual’s entire life and way of functioning. Obsessions are considered intrusive and recurrent thoughts or impulses that cannot be removed through reasoning. Compulsions are the repetitive and ritualistic behaviors and actions that associate with the obsessions. These compulsions are to be performed according to specific rules or methods and are thought to prevent or reduce stress and feared situations. Both compulsions and obsessions cause disabling levels of anxiety. The individual affected is often able to recognize the behavior as excessive and irrational, but is unable to control or stop the behaviors without intervention. Like most mental illnesses, this disorder is not exclusive to affecting individuals of a certain age group, race or socioeconomic status. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, OCD affects about 2.2 million American adults and about one-third of adults with the disorder developed symptoms as children. Unfortunately, there are several obstacles and misunderstandings that have lead the majority to think that this disorder is rarely found in children or adolescents. There is a stigma about mental health and seeking proper treatment as well as misdiagnosis. Children that present with OCD symptoms may be diagnosed with conduct disorder, ADHD, or depression. Even then it depends on the parents or caretakers ability to recognize the problem and the…

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