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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder I. Introduction a. Attention Getter: According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over “2.2 million American adults” suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in a given year. In a world of 6 billion people, 2.2 million doesn’t seem like much, but to put it into perspective, 2.2 million is about the population of Houston, Texas. b. Motivation: This disorder is a part of everyday life and affects all Americans, regardless of race or class. Just like thousands of other medical problems that affect us today, it’s important for the public to be informed about the disorder in order to better understand those that suffer from it. c. Credibility: Though I do not personally suffer…show more content…
1. Some of these obsessions are fear of germs, fear of causing harm to another, fear of being embarrassed, fear of thinking evil or sinful thoughts, need for order, symmetry, and excessive doubt, and the need for constant reassurance. 2. The compulsions are repeatedly washing hands, refusing to shake hands or touch doorknobs, repeatedly checking things, constant counting while performing routine tasks, constantly arranging things in a certain way, being stuck on words, images, or thoughts, and repeating specific words, phrases, or prayers. [VISUAL AID] [Transition] Although the symptoms of OCD are recognizable, one aspect of the disorder that is still unclear is the cause of it. f. Main Idea #2: Causes ii. I will look at the biological and environmental factors that have been studied by scientists in order to understand the origins of the disorder. 3. Biological factors are the genetic and physical makeup of a person. One theory, which is the most common, is that people can inherit a genetic predisposition to OCD from their parents. Another theory is the idea that the brain doesn’t have enough serotonin, a type of neurotransmitter in the body that is part of the communication process. According to the Center for Addiction and Mental Health, “research
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