Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Case Study

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The anxiety disorder that Phillip, in the case study is experiencing seems to be the result of obsessive-compulsive disorder. If we look at the case study example for obsessive-compulsive disorder from the textbook according to (Sue et al.2014, p.107) Greenberg states that impulse thoughts and ideas are obsessions that lead to compulsion which is justification for what the individuals seems fit. It can make them over obsessive about ideas which if things don’t go perfect can lead to panic causing anxiety. According to (Sue et al.2014, p.108) Foa, Kozak, and Markarian et al. states that obsessive-compulsive disorder “involves obsessions, which are anxiety producing, repetitive thoughts or images; compulsions, felt needs to perform acts or dwell …show more content…
With the understanding of what can cause the disorder mental health professional can counter the disorder with a form of treatment. According to (Sue et al.2014, p.115) the “primary modes of treatment for obsessive-compulsive and related disorders are either biological or behavioral in nature. Behavioral therapies have been used successfully for many years, but treatment with medication is becoming, more common.” The treatments for OCD are the complete opposite from one another one option is as simple as talking a pill that helps reduce anxiety and the need to be compulsive. Will taking a pill stop OCD completely this would be naïve to assume, but it will help to calm the severity of OCD. The other option which is the behavioral treatment option is more of a hand on approach that helps them by exposing them in real life about OCD and trying to form a prevention method approach to help the individual with OCD. According to (Sue et al.2014, p.115) the American Psychiatric Association states that biological treatment such as the SSRIs are the antidepressants that are given to individuals that are suffering from OCD. It is said that the new antidepressant medication the SSRIs have fewer side effects than the older antidepressants and are almost equally the same in effectiveness. According to (Sue et al.2014, p.115) …show more content…
Hence the name of the anxiety disorder we can have a general idea that there is something that acts as a trigger that results in having anxiety. If we look at the case study example for specific phobia from the textbook according to (Sue et al.2014, p.93) Kusek states that with a trigger that causes extreme fear such as a “spider” we can over obsess about the idea of the spider still being there even when its gone. According to (Sue et al.2014, p.93) LeBeau et al. states specific phobia is an extreme fear with “exposure to the stimulus nearly always produces intense anxiety or panic.” In the case with Phillip, he shows to have a fear about driving and running someone over with every bump he crosses or any little noise he hears. By comparing the differences between specific phobia and OCD we can make the assumption that although they may be similar they are indeed a difference between the two disorders. Fritscher, (2014) states that “those suffering from a phobia generally do not think much about the object of fear unless they have to confront it. By contrast, those with OCD often report intrusive thoughts that appear even when they are calm and relaxed.” So my analysis on which disorder Phillip shows signs of is OCD and Specific Phobia. Phillip has the constant need for perfection in his life with daily tasks. Along with being well organized and clean, Phillip shows

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