Devastating Effects of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on Individuals

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Picture this: You wake up in the morning, and are a bit groggy. After you hit the snooze button for the second time, you know getting up is necessary, or you will be late for school. After getting out of bed and taking a shower, now fully awake, worry begins to plague you. Is the shower turned all the way off? You go back to the bathroom to check, and the shower is indeed turned off. However, quickly the relief fades. What if the faucet is leaking? What if the water is not really turned off at all, and you were just unobservant? Even if checking again makes you late for school, it is necessary. It is better to check again than to leave the shower running all day, because then the house may flood, or someone may drown. Deep down …show more content…
“Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, and sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel drive to do something (compulsions)” (Goodman np). OCD affects approximately two to three percent of the world’s population (Parks 7). OCD is a cycle. The person is obsessed with a danger or risk; they compulsively act upon this obsession until they feel a temporary relief. Later, the relief will fade and the cycle will repeat. The symptoms have a waxing and waning cycle. Symptoms will lessen in their severity for months or even years before regaining previous strength. Only five to ten percent of afflicted people experience permanent remission (Goodman np). When testing for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, doctors run a series of psychological tests. A physical exam will not show evidence of OCD. To be officially diagnosed patients must meet these criteria listed in the American Psychology Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: the obsession and compulsions must be uncontrollable, the patient must understand the symptoms are unreasonable, and that the obsessions and compulsions interrupt the patient’s daily routine (Parks 18). Many people may confuse OCD with other phases, particularly in a child’s life. Children may have

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