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obsessive compulsive disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


  • “ Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them driven to do something (compulsions)” (PubMed Health Website).
common facts
Common facts
  • Most people who develop OCD it show symptoms by age 30. (PubMed Health Website)
  • About 20% of people with OCD have tics, which suggest the condition may be related to Tourette syndrome. (PubMed Health Website)
  • Obsessions or compulsions that are not due to medical illness or drug use.
  • Obsessions or compulsions that cause major distress or interfere with everyday life.
  • Checking and rechecking actions
  • Excessive counting
  • Excessive fear of germs
  • The compulsion to repeated wash the hands to ward off infection.
examples in modern day society
Examples in modern day society
  • A need to keep everything around you as orderly as possible.
  • A keenness to correct any mistakes found in nature (such as errors in math problems).
  • Slight changes to the norm serve as a huge irritation until people with OCD feel they have the urge to fix the differences.
  • Citalopram (Celexa)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
tips for managing the illness
Tips for managing the illness
  • Refocus Your Attention
  • Write Down Your Thoughts
  • Anticipate Your Urges
  • Create A Worry Period
  • Create A Tape Of Your Obsessions
tips continued
Tips Continued
  • Practice Relaxation Techniques
  • Adopt Healthy Eating Habits
  • Exercise Regularly
  • Avoid Drugs Or Narcotics
  • Get Enough Sleep
websites works cited
Websites (Works cited)
  • "Anxiety Help Center." - Helpguide.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2012. <http://www.helpguide.org/topics/anxiety.htm>.