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    stereotypical cleaning, organizing, and straightening items out. When seeking treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a patient usually finds either a psychiatrist or a therapist that specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Once at therapy, the counselor or psychiatrist may administer a diagnostic test to determine whether or not the patient has OCD or what type of OCD they have (Koran 1). If the patient is diagnosed with OCD, depending on how severe their symptoms are, they will probably be suggested to start taking a type of prescription medication for their treatment. Medication is currently the most common mean of treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Some of the most frequently prescribed medications are: Anafranil, Prozac, Fluvoxamine, Paroxetine, and Zoloft. When going about picking the perfect medication to fit a patient’s symptoms, it is not uncommon to try out several different types of medications before settling on one. Each medication treats the body a little bit different and has different side effects so every person needs something a little bit different. Another goal of counselors is to put the patient on the lowest dose of medication possible. That way, they can reduce the risk of bad side effects and possible dependencies. No treatment can fully get rid of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder but all treatments can be used to help calm the symptoms down or help the patient cope with the disorder. Medication can be a very helpful way for many…

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    a medication. About 7 out of 10 people with OCD benefit from therapy or medication (IOCDF, 2013). This choice is often left up to the patient’s preference. Therapy includes a treatment called “Exposure and Response Prevention,” ERP for short (IOCDF, 2013). ERP includes exposing the patient to “thoughts, images, objects, or situations” that trigger their obsessions and/or compulsions (IOCDF, 2013). The goal is to “train” the patient not to have a compulsive response to the anxiety and obsessions…

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    OCD Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a symptomatically diverse condition, in which numerous kinds of obsessions and compulsions exist. Obsessions have four essential features: repeated and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that is experienced as intrusive and cause anxiety. However, research indicates that certain obsessions and compulsions tend to co-occur to form five main dimensions: obsession about being responsible for causing or failing to prevent harm; symmetry obsession, and…

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    life (for example, if they involve violence). The assessment for ERP should include the discovery of obsessive thoughts or behaviors, as well as the rituals the patient performs to relieve anxiety. According to Abramowitz (2006), it is important to educate the patient about his or her condition right away, so that they could understand the significance of treatment and the unhealthy nature of their obsessive-compulsive thoughts or actions. However, it is believed to cause more stress and…

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    Introduction Page This research paper explores what exactly Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is. This topic was chosen because of the lack of knowledge and misconception on OCD to the public eye. Many people think this is a disorder of excessive cleaning, but that is incorrect. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a complex disorder with three main parts to understand it: symptoms of OCD, treatments of OCD, and what causes OCD. These findings that we will discuss are significant because of what was…

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    Before I start talking about the book I have chosen to read, I would like to describe how I came to my decision upon choosing the book. When I first saw we had to read a memoir I was nervous because I have never read one. So the first thing I decide to do was find what a memoir was. After learning what a memoir was I felt less anxiety because I knew what I would be dealing with. My next step in continuing this project was figuring out which book I had to read. Our professor gave us a list…

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    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a condition of excessive intrusive thoughts, called obsessions, that lead to repetitive behaviors or rituals, called compulsions, to soothe the brain. This condition makes people's brains feel overwhelmed or out of “control” of a simple worry, so it causes them to have irrational behaviors to calm this worry down. OCD obsessions usually occurs around themes such as doing well in school, excelling at athletics, job related matters, self appearance, keeping things…

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    Everybody has it. It is a natural part of life. Fortunately for most of us it isn't intense and persistent. It is anxiety. When speaking in front of a class, when peering down from a ledge, when waiting to play in the big game, anyone of us might feel anxious. But when this occasional uneasiness becomes overwhelming and an everyday occurrence, one might be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are psychological…

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    Elimination Disorders

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    Elimination disorders can present themselves in two ways during childhood and adolescence. The first is called enuresis, which is the "failure to control urination after one has reached the 'normal' age for attaining such control" (Nevid, Rathus, Greene p 529). With this disorder, it seems that the exact "normal" age differs among psychologists. But, in general, the child should be at least five years old, consistently wetting the bed, with it occurring at least two times per week over the…

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    Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) remain the mainstay pharmacological treatment for OCD. They are fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine, fluvoxamine, citalopram and escitalopram. In this case, Mrs P was taking escitalopram. However, in contrast with depression, SSRIs treatment in OCD requires higher dosage and the response time is somehow longer. Usually, patient with depression respond to SSRIs within 2-6 weeks whereas patients with OCD take 10-12 weeks of response time (Dougherty,…

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