Essay on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ( Ocd )

787 Words Aug 11th, 2016 4 Pages
Imagine that you have a certain thought that replays over and over again in your mind, like a broken record. No matter what you do, it seems almost impossible to stop it. It is so disturbing that it causes you immense discomfort, even anxiety. That is what it feels like to live with the psychological disorder known as obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, has been around as early as the seventeenth century, when Robert Burton described it in The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621). The modern concept of OCD began to evolve in nineteenth century France and Germany, leading into the late twentieth century, in which psychologists began to grasp the biologic side of this mental disorder. Which brings us to today, the twenty-first century, where almost 1 in 40, or 2%, of the U.S. population will be diagnosed with OCD in their lives. According to Coon and Mitterer (2016), people who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder are preoccupied with certain distressing thoughts and feel compelled to perform certain behaviors. These thoughts are obsessions, and they’re completely outside of the individual’s control. The four main types of obsessions are about 1) accomplishing a certain task, 2) placing things in a certain order, 3) being unclean, and 4) taboo thoughts or actions. Obsessions are the cause of compulsions, or irrational acts that are repetitive. For example, if someone who has an extreme fear of germs and contamination, they might often wash…

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