Taking a Look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, otherwise known as OCD is defined as “a type of anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent obsessions, compulsions, or both” (Textbook 574).This disorder is one the most costly, disabling, prevalent of the anxiety disorders (article) It is typically associated with persistent thoughts and ideas such as contamination, aggressive impulses, sexual content, and somatic concerns (health and body), these thoughts can be classified as obsessions. Obsessions are not something the person wants at all typically they are intrusive and uncontrollable and generally go against how they actually feel. Another part of this disorder is the compulsions, which are repeated behavior to neutralize or stabilize the obsessions. To be diagnosed with OCD one must know the behavior is irrational, the behavior must cause impairment to daily life and take up at least an hour per day or more of the person’s time. Some the more typical examples of OCD would consist of a person that one’s hands are filthy even if they have washed them 15 times in the last hour or having to check and make sure that you locked your home repeatedly before you leave. The lifetime prevalence for it is 2 to 3 percent. Onset for…

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