According to a journal entitled “Mental Health Process” in the April 2008, about one in 200 children and adolescents develops Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and occurs in childhood as many as 80 per cent of adult cases. (25)
I chose to write about obsessive compulsive disorder because I’ve seen the difficulties of a person goes through for having this disorder.
In this paper I will give the definition of obsessive compulsive disorder, include the typical characteristics of an OCD person, and provide the treatment options for this symptom.
Definition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Mayo Clinic defines Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a “type of anxiety disorder in which you have unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to engage in repetitive behaviors (compulsions).”
“Obsessive thoughts make people who have OCD feel nervous and afraid. They try to get rid of these feelings by performing certain behaviors according to "rules" that they make up for themselves.” (Family Doctor)
Compulsions is the actions you take over and over again to make the thoughts
go away. (Health System04)
Characteristic of an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
As stated by Dr. John L. Miller “people with obsessions are bothered by thoughts or images that continue to repeat themselves and are almost impossible to ignore. These thoughts, which are annoying, distracting, and inappropriate, tend to cause the person to have moderate to severe anxiety and other emotional discomfort. Common obsessive thoughts include themes of violence, fear of germs or infection, and doubts about one’s character and behavior. People who suffer from OCD worry excessively and often attempt to avoid or to get rid of the bothersome thoughts by trying to replace them with more pleasant thoughts or actions.” (At Health)
“A compulsion is a ritual/behavior that the individual with OCD engages in repeatedly, either because of their obsessions or...