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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


Ebtsam Metwally

on 15 April 2010

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Transcript of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder OCD is a type of anxiety that happens when there is a problem with the way the brain deals with normal worrying and doubts
It may also occur if you have low levels of a chemical messenger called serotonin and the deeper structures of your brain have trouble communicating with the front of your brain Examples: Washing hands too many times because of fear of germs
Worry too much about organizing things and always feel like something is just not right
Worry about throwing away “useless” items Common Symptoms A Form of Neuroses Fear of being exposed to germs, dirt or other people.
Fear of harming others as well as themselves.
Have thoughts or images that wont go away.
Doubting about everything such as if the door is closed, or lights are turned off
Symmetry or exactness for example of things that belong to them, the way someone moves or completes action
Concern of religious believes
Repeating themselves (asking the same question,rewriting phrases)
Hoarding or Saving
May also experience panic attacks, social phobia, and eating disorders
Common Treatments Medicines (drugs) such as Antidepressants
or herbal treatments
Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
Meditation, exercise and other natural stress
Group therapy or Family therapy
CBT ( Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which focuses
on exposing a patient to their fear or obsession and
gradually altering their behaviour by not allowing them
to engage in compulsive behaviour How is OCD Portrayed in the Media? OCD is portrayed in many sitcoms and comedy t.v shows such as "Friends", USA Network's television show "Monk", and in movies such as "Matchstick Men"
In most cases such as in the t.v. shows "Friends" and "Monk", media portrays OCD as a funny, personality enriching condition that a normal and outgoing person may have, and ignored the fact that it is actually a mental disorder that is abnormal

http://www.usanetwork.com/series/monk/moments/index.html http://mentalhealthhumor.today.com/files/2008/12/mhh_ocdwork.jpg

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