Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

An examination of the disease, its diagnosis, treatment and symptoms.

A history of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and how it is understood today. The author examines how it is diagnosed and treated as well as the different types of symptoms of the disorder.
“Obsession Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder where a person has recurrent and unwanted ideas or impulses (obsessions) and an urge or compulsion to do something to relieve the discomfort caused by the obsession. Its symptoms and diagnosis, as well as treatment are different than that of many other mental disorders. The obsessive thoughts range from the idea of losing control, to themes surrounding religion or keeping things or parts of one’s body clean all the time. Compulsions are behaviors that help reduce the anxiety surrounding the obsessions. Most people (about 90%) who have OCD have both obsessions and compulsions. (Lakin 12)The thoughts and behaviors a person with OCD has are senseless, repetitive, distressing, and sometimes harmful, but they are also difficult to overcome.”