Sheldon Cooper's Obsessive-Compulsive Disor

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a psychological disorder where people need to perform certain tasks in a specific routine or in a specific number of times or have certain thoughts repeatedly. Usually, those who have obsessive-compulsive disorder are unable to break their compulsions. For example, an individual with the disorder may have to perform tasks three times because the number three is significant to them. Another individual may wrap plastic around a car steering wheel to keep themselves clean. Obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms are different for every person affected by the mental illness. For example, Sheldon Cooper from the TV show The Big Bang Theory, who has the disorder, always knocks on someone’s door three times, yelling …show more content…

Both men and women can be affected with the disorder; although, men have shown to develop it earlier than women. Late adolescence and early adulthood are the stages symptoms usually appear. Women are more likely to be washers/cleaners than men, but both genders are equal in the checking and overt compulsion categories. Studies show that at least 50% of patients with the illness also have at least another psychological disorder, such as major depression. Patients suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder also suffer from more common alcohol abuse than the population. People with the illness belong in higher social classes than a normal …show more content…

Firstly, psychological therapy, also called psychotherapy, treats the patient through exposure, group therapy, hypnotherapy, and response prevention to get help rid of compulsions and/or obsessions deep within a person’s conscious. Exposure involves exposing a patient to the stimuli that cause anxiety for a long period time over repeated times. Group therapy is similar to Alcoholics Anonymous involving patients suffering similar symptoms or who are under the same type of obsession or compulsion. This treatment is meant to help others with the illness and learn more about their condition. Hypnotherapy involves a hypnotist and the patient and the hypnotist will try to rid of the patient’s obsessions or compulsions while under hypnosis. Response prevention aims at helping the patient to avoid from performing tasks compulsively. Finally, drug use is believed by professionals to be successful at treating patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Since one of the causes for the disorder is lack of serotonin, antidepressants recuperate the lost serotonin, such as clomipramine, amitriptyline, imipramine, and much more. Despite all of these treatments available, a person is always capable of

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