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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: An Overview
A brief discussion of the symptoms, etiology, treatment and management of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
# 153035 | 1,622 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 02, 2013 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Therapies)

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The paper reveals that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an impairing condition that needs prompt medical intervention and is marked by repetitive behaviors. The paper explores the treatment of OCD and discusses the pharmacological interventions including SSRI's and other anti depressants that continue to be the mainstay treatment. The paper also looks at the significant role of cognitive behavioral therapy and family accommodation behaviors.

The OCD Spectrum (Biological Origin)
Symptoms and Behaviors
Treatment of OCD
Pharmacological Interventions
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

From the Paper:

"Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that is marked by repetitive behaviors such as hand washings, obsession with arrangements, (of objects) compulsive counting and compulsive checking, etc. Panic and fear underlie these routine behaviors and OCD patients are overwhelmed with guilt that if they stop these routine behaviors then they will lose someone close to them. This strange phobia controls their lives making even day-to-day tasks difficult for the OCD patients. In general, the late teen years are observed to be the most likely period for the onset of OCD but the condition is also observed among younger children. As per the statistics from the national OCD foundation, as many as 500,000 American children are diagnosed with OCD, which translates to an incidence rate of roughly 1 in 200 American children. [IOCDF] Statistics further indicate that around 1% of our adult population or around 2.2 million American adults to be afflicted with the condition. [NIMH] The sheer variety and bizarre nature of the symptoms and their overlapping with symptoms of other mental disorders makes diagnosis a difficult task for the physician. I have chosen this topic because I was diagnosed with OCD myself and I can relate to the suffering of the OCD patients who are still undiagnosed and left without medical support."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • IOCDF, 'What do you need to know about OCD', (2010), Accessed Dec 5th 2010, Available Online at, http://www.ocfoundation.org/uploadedFiles/WhatYouNeed_09%281%29.pdf
  • NIMH, 'The numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America', Dec 3rd 2010, Accessed Dec 5th 2010, http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml#OCD
  • Epigee, "OCD Treatments', accessed Dec 5th 2010, available at, http://www.epigee.org/mental_health/ocdtreatment.html
  • Jonathan T Ting and Guoping Feng, 'Glutamatergic Synaptic Dysfunction and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder', Curr Chem Genomics. 2008: 2: 62-75.Available online at, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2746669/?tool=pmcentrez;report=abstract
  • Melinda Smith, M.A., and Ellen Jaffe-Gill, M.A, "OCD: Symptoms and Treatment of Compulsive Behavior and Obsessive Thoughts", May (2010), Accessed Dec 5th 2010, available at, http://helpguide.org/mental/obsessive_compulsive_disorder_ocd.htm

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