Research on OCD
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The paper begins with an annotated bibliography and a review of the research on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The paper examines these studies' focus on a therapy or pharmaceutical approach and looks at whether the approach was found to be helpful in the treatment of OCD, and what recommendations the author makes in terms of his or her study results. The paper offers the thesis that although a number of studies have been conducted regarding OCD treatment and conclusions are being drawn based on these results, more research needs to be conducted to better refine the data and to consider alternative approaches.
From the Paper:"Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a potentially disabling syndrome that can last throughout an individual's lifetime. Those suffering from OCD become enmeshed in a pattern of repetitive thoughts and behaviors that are senseless and distressing, but extremely difficult to overcome. Disagreement exists about the number of people afflicted with OCD. In the recent past, mental health professionals considered it a rare disease, because only a small minority of their patients had the condition. That was because many people with the illness did not seek treatment. However, a survey conducted in the early 1980s by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) showed that OCD affects more than 2% of the population, or more common than such severe mental illnesses as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or panic disorder. The social and economic costs of OCD were estimated to be $8.4 billion in 1990."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Abramowitz, Jonathan S., Effectiveness of psychological and pharmacological treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder: A quantitative review. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 65.1(1997): 44-52.
- Beck, A. T. Cognitive therapy and emotional disorders. New York: International Universities Press, 1976.
- Ellis, Albert. Overcoming Destructive Beliefs, Feelings, and Behaviors: New Directions for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy New York: Prometheus Books, 2001
- Gannon, Walter. Altering the brain and mind. American Journal of Psychiatry. 161.6 (2004): 1038-1048
- Hackman, A., and C. McLean. A comparison of flooding and thought stopping in the treatment of obsessional neurosis. Behavior Research and Therapy. 13(1975): 263-269.
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