Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Essay

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a cyclical mental health condition which involves unending obsessions paired with unsatisfying compulsions performed to attempt to alleviate the emotional and physical suffering generated by the obsessions. There are approximately five main clusters of OCD; checkers, doubters and sinners, counters and arrangers, hoarders, and washers and cleaners. Accounting for about one quarter of OCD sufferers, the most abundant category is washers and cleaners and serves as the focus of this paper. OCD’s severity ranges from minor effects on a person’s life to completely debilitating. If your case is severe enough, it will affect your job, personal relationship, friendships, and normal functioning in a profoundly…show more content…
Help is needed from wherever you can get it if you choose to take your life back. To truly defeat this disorder, prepare for mental and emotional battle.

Patients with OCD are often put on medications such as benzodiazepines to help control the anxiety the obsessive thoughts cause. There is no medication available to stop the obsessive thoughts from happening, but there are medications that help to dull the effects. “Pharmacologic therapy usually includes clomipramine or antidepressant treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, but in dosage ranges higher than those typically used in the treatment of depression”. (Eddy) OCD, similar to depression, is thought to be caused by a lack of serotonin in the brain. With an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) the levels of serotonin in the brain synapses will remain higher, helping to reduce the symptoms of OCD. (Eddy) The patient then can hopefully learn to manage the anxiety, fear and other emotions caused by the involuntary thoughts, and to add other forms of help.

Behavioural therapy is one of the most successful methods of dealing with OCD. “Patients are increasingly exposed to the stimuli they usually avoid (e.g., “contaminated” objects) while being prevented from performing any of their usual anxiety-reducing rituals”. (Eddy) People suffering with OCD appear to tend to live in a five second window, unable to see past the fears to realize there are no real dangers to them. To people unaffected by
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