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Obsessive-Compulsive disorder. By Sophia Foutsitzis & Kim van Menxel. Maladaptivity. Very precise if one thing goes wrong, panic rises Dull having to repeat the same thing everyday Wastes time have to do it a certain amount of times. Unjustifiable behavior. Fear Illness

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Obsessive compulsive disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive disorder

By Sophia Foutsitzis & Kim van Menxel


  • Very precise

    • if one thing goes wrong, panic rises

  • Dull

    • having to repeat the same thing everyday

  • Wastes time

    • have to do it a certain amount of times

Unjustifiable behavior
Unjustifiable behavior

  • Fear

    • Illness

      • Ex. Washing your hands when you touch a doorknob

    • Death

      • Attached with superstition

Disturbing behavior
Disturbing behavior

  • Other people can be impatient

  • Have to be very careful not to disrupt the ritual

    • If they don’t, panic and anxiety will rise or rapidly build up


  • People don’t usually have a certain way of doing things ever day, have unique schedules each day

    • OCD vs. Organized

  • Not as paranoid, don’t repeat actions numerous times

    • Ex. Checking the locks of your doors 10 times a day, unlocking and locking them again


  • Obsessive

  • Compulsive

  • Most common forms of OCD:

    • Obsession

      • Concerned with dirt, germs, or toxins

      • Something terrible happening (fire, death, illness)

      • Symmetry, order, or exactness

    • Compulsions

      • Excessive hand washing, bathing, tooth brushing, or grooming

      • Repeating rituals (in/out a door, up/down from a chair)

      • Checking doors, locks, appliances, car brakes, and homework


  • Biological Factors

    • Heredity – inherit a predisposition to be anxious

    • Brain Function – frontal lobes (where decision making happens) are more active

  • Learning Factors

    • Conditioning – learn to fear germs out of experiences

    • Observational Learning – if of parents are afraid of germs, you could turn out the same through observation

    • Reinforcement – when you do something that makes you feel better, you repeat the action (i.e. for OCD washing hands)


  • Psychological Theory

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

      • PROS: Puts everything in a positive light and helps you to think through things

  • Drug Therapy

    • Anti-anxiety drugs

      • PROS: treats anxiety and gives a euphoric effect

      • CONS: it only gives temporary relief and can’t be taken with CNS depressants (not necessarily a con)

Personal story
Personal story



  • For younger audiences

    • http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/mental_health/ocd.html?tracking=T_RelatedArticle

  • For everyone

    • http://www.ocfoundation.org/whatisocd.aspx?gclid=COj6xeX-0KsCFcEa6wod-SVTSw