Ocd in as Good as It Gets

1498 Words Apr 20th, 2006 6 Pages
As Good as It Gets In the movie As Good as It Gets Jack Nicholson's character, Melvin Udall, suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, known as OCD for short, is a type of anxiety disorder. In this movie, Melvin displayed many compulsions. When he comes back to his apartment he locks his door 5 times and turns on and off the lights 5 times. He also washes his hands with 2 new bars of soap each time he washes his hands. When he walks, he avoids stepping on any cracks. He also sometimes repeats words quietly after someone has said something. Instead of trusting one, his has two clocks side by side near his bed for an alarm. These are just a few examples of the many compulsions Melvin has. He always …show more content…
This criterion is saying that if another Axis I disorder is present and as far as we know there aren't any other disorders present, but Melvin still fits the criteria for OCD. The last is Criteria E which states, "The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition" (463). Melvin's OCD isn't a result of any of the previously mentioned things. Therefore, based on the DSM-IV Melvin fits the diagnostic criteria for OCD. Comorbidity is a common in OCD people. I don't think that Melvin suffered from any additional clinical disorders. He did seem to have issues with being rude and sometimes hostile, but I think that was more so his personality than another disorder. There are several different options of treatment for someone with OCD. Some of the options are drug
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