Ocd Psychology Paper

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Obsessive - Compulsive Disorder Mary Lincoln Period E May 26, 2008 Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, commonly referred to as OCD, is one of the most prevalent personality disorders, affecting more than 2% of the population. The disorder is notable for its preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency. Patterns of OCD develop during early adulthood, and are categorized as either mild or extreme. There are several distinct symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Patients with OCD attempt to sustain mental control by painstakingly abiding by rules, procedures, and schedules, and working with trivial details and lists, to an…show more content…
Individuals with NPD also lack generosity but tend to indulge themselves, whereas OCPD will adapt stingy spending habits for both others and themselves. OCPD can also be characterized by apparent formality and social detachment just as Schizoid Personality Disorder can be. However, in OCPD stems from discomfort with emotions rather than a fundamental inability to be intimate. Finally, it must be distinguished from symptoms that may develop in association with chronic substance abuse, personality change or general medical condition. In the Lady Macbeth case study, a young girl realized that she began to do strange things for reasons unbeknownst to her. She had a feeling of impending disaster if she failed to complete tasks revolving around excessive cleanliness and sets of three. Eventually, she resorted to trying to shake germs out of her clothes and rub her hands in rubbing alcohol constantly, spending six hours getting ready before school. She was afraid that if she didn’t stay clean or abide by her sets of three, something bad would happen to her family, specifically her grandmother. Although she improved significantly by suppressing many of her symptoms, she still needs to do certain things such as editing papers in repetitions of three. The young girl vividly described her experience of OCD. This form of OCD both caused her stress and interfered

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