Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ( Ocd ) Essay

1021 Words Mar 13th, 2015 null Page
There are habits and there are compulsions. There are thoughts and there are obsessions. The only difference between each two are the uncontrollable and volatile nature that is intrinsic to compulsions and obsessions. Together, they become the genetic condition of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD.

Imagine repeatedly checking if a door is locked nine times every night before bed. Imagine obsessing over a conversation that occurred many years ago that nobody remembers. Imagine never being able to stop thinking about little issues and trivial situations. That is what OCD is like. OCD can consume someone so they become weak with anxiety and are unable to function. Anxiety acts like an alarm or signal in the brain that something is wrong. OCD can make it feel like everything is or can go wrong.

OCD affects 3% of Americans and is found in all ages and ethnicities (Understanding OCD, 2003). Symptoms of OCD include excessive and unreasonable obsessions and/or compulsions that interfere with daily life (Mayo Clinic, 2013). Obsessions can include themes of “washing, counting, checking, and demanding reassurance” (Mayo Clinic, 2013). The obsessions cause someone to have brief and sometimes debilitating anxiety. Compulsions usually follow the obsessions as a reaction. Compulsions include washing hands, checking doors to see if they are locked, and flipping light switches on and off. However, a compulsion, while satisfying the obsession, is only slightly and temporarily…

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