Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Essay

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OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder—or OCD—is a medical anxiety disorder. OCD interferes with the brain’s information processing and gets the brain stuck on particular thoughts or urges. A person with OCD will fill their day with excessive worries and superstitions, as well as distressing thoughts and images. Symptoms of OCD have been said to feel like a case of mental hiccups that will not go away. Even though some people may not realize how serious obsessive-compulsive disorder is and think that it does not affect the person with the disorder, it is actually very serious and affects people everyday because it negatively interferes with the person’s life.                 Having obsessions and compulsions are involved in OCD. Most people with the disorder will have both, but sometimes a person may have only one or the other. An obsession is an irrational thought, image, or impulse that occurs in a person’s mind over and over again. These thoughts are unwanted by the person, but it seems to lie out of their control. Some common obsessions include fear of any form of germs, imagining and desiring to perform violence on self or others, feeling intense sexual urges, feeling responsible for the safety of others, doubt in religious or moral values, as well as many others. With the obsessions may include uncomfortable feelings, and a sensation to perform an act in a certain way. The act performed is called a compulsion. The compulsion is made as an attempt to protect over the obsession. They perform these acts repeatedly, usually as a part of the person’s own “rules” to banish their obsessions. While the compulsions may help give a short sense of relief from their obsessions, they, however, do not give them any pleasure.

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