Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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Introduction Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an abnormal disorder that is accompanied by the presence of obsessions, compulsions, or both (5th ed.; DSM-5). The obsession is an idea, image, or impulse, whilst the compulsion is the resulting behavior, often an attempt to contend with the anxiety that results from their obsession; obsessions consist of thoughts or images particularly distressing for the individual to endure, and therefore compel the individual to engage in abnormal behavior – compulsions – to alleviate the anxiety that results from said distress (Thomas-Cottingham, Ph.D., 2004). However, the alleviation provided by the compulsion is only temporarily, ergo the individual must perform the behaviors repeatedly; common compulsive …show more content…

Although the Stanford School of Medicine has been able to vouch for the imminent rise of numerous viable medicines – both pharmacological and psycho-therapeutic – medicinal experts are still faced with two main obstacles: to first make these treatments available to all OCD patients; and, second, successfully dissect the scientific background of the disorder well enough to alleviate the manifestation of symptoms present in the sufferer, and conclusively, impede its event. However, before we can potentially pioneer any remedy, it is crucial to understand the etiology behind …show more content…

Finke and Jonathan Bettle act according to principle, highly structured in the way they approach most situations. Unlike what Finke and Bettle dub as “chaotic thinkers” – those of whom are attracted to uncertain and spontaneous situations – ordered thinkers “tend to be more concerned with structuring and organizing things, thus avoiding excessive stimulation, which is usually perceived as a distraction” (Finke and Bettle, 1996). As ordered thinkers, people who suffer from OCD “go to extreme lengths to avoid doing anything wrong” (Carter, 1998, p. 60). Often obsessed with morality and scrupulously honest, OCD patients are often subject to absurd lengths in order to fulfill the satisfaction of their own

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