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  • 1. OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • 2. Basic Information
    • OCD is an anxiety disorder, that is common among roughly 2.3% of US population, or 3.3 million Americans.
    • The disorder affects men and women equally, and symptoms usually occur during childhood and adolescence.
  • 3. How OCD affects the Brain
    • OCD is thought to involve a problem with brain functioning.
    • Serotonin levels in people with OCD is unbalanced, causing them to get stuck in routine, and not able to break the cycle.
    • Certain parts of the brain also become overactive.
  • 4. Symptoms
    • Obsessions are any repeated and unwanted thoughts, actions, or impulses.
    • Including:
    • Fear of contamination or dirt
    • Having things orderly and symmetrical
    • Aggressive or horrific impulses
  • 5. Genetics and OCD
    • OCD has also been linked to genetics, and most people who have OCD also have a family member who also has the disorder, or other linked disorders such as anxiety disorders.
  • 6. Other Common Causes…
    • Some other factors that can cause OCD include…
    • Head Injury
    • Psychological disorders
    • or trauma
    • And Infections.
  • 7. Types of OCD
    • People with ODC usually fall into one or more of several categories:
    • Washers: afraid of contamination
    • Checkers: obsessively check things
    • Hoarders: Collect things, beyond necessary means.
    • Doubters: Are Afraid of things not being perfect.
    • Counters: obsessed with order and symmetry.
  • 8. Diagnosis
    • OCD is typically diagnosed by a trained psychologist.
    • Most used a structured clinical interview to see if your symptoms match up with those of typical OCD patients.
  • 9. Treatment
    • Both medicines and therapy are options for treatment for those with OCD.
    • Including:
    • Systematic Desensitization
    • Flooding
    • And several types of medicines depending on the case.
  • 10. With OCD I feel…
    • Misunderstood, nobody seems to get me, they can’t understand why I am the way I am.
  • 11. Depressed…
    • I feel depressed because I get stuck in my ways and nobody gets them or can help me.
  • 12. CRAZY!
    • My obsessions drive me crazy. I wish they would stop.
  • 13. Repetitive
    • I repeat myself and actions, over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again….
  • 14. Out of Control
    • I cant control my thoughts, actions, or myself. Its like I am a character in a video game.
  • 15. Hyper
    • OCD makes me also feel hyper and wild sometimes, when its not ruining my life.
  • 16. Introverted
    • I find that I am very unfond of others even my closest friends, when my compulsions are really bad.
  • 17. Lazy
    • I don’t enjoy doing things or leaving my house because of the anxiety it causes. I’d rather just sit and wait.
  • 18. Nervous
    • Not knowing what is going to happen makes me super nervous. Everything has to be planned out and go exactly according to plan.
  • 19. Anxious
    • I get anxious when I have compulsions and I obsess over the little things, it’s a feeling that never goes away for me.
  • 20. Scared
    • I get scared when people don’t understand me and judge me and when things don’t go according to plan, I get afraid something will happen to me.