obsessed.but not with life.


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This is a project for a high school AP Psychology course. This is a fictionalized account of having a psychological ailment. For questions about this blog project or its content please email the teacher Chris Jocham: jocham@fultonschools.org 

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obsessed.but not with life.

  1. 1. obsessed. but not with life. dealing and living with obsessive compulsive disorder
  2. 2. what is ocd… <ul><li>obsessive compulsive disorder is what it stands for </li></ul><ul><li>anxiety disorder </li></ul><ul><li>“ traps people in endless cycles of repetitive thoughts and actions” </li></ul><ul><li>need to adhere to certain routines </li></ul><ul><li>feels need to be “perfect” </li></ul>
  3. 3. symptoms.. <ul><li>fear of dirt or contamination </li></ul><ul><li>fear of making small mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>need for order, symmetry, and exactness or being a perfectionist </li></ul><ul><li>excessive doubt and need for reassurance </li></ul><ul><li>fear of evil thinking and being impure </li></ul>
  4. 4. how do you get it… <ul><li>runs mostly in families </li></ul><ul><li>however connection unknown in families passing down the gene </li></ul><ul><li>there may be a potential connection between immune system and ocd </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for example may be intensified after minor illness </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. categories of ocd… <ul><li>washer: afraid of contamination and constant washing hands and cleaning </li></ul><ul><li>checkers: constantly check things associated with danger or harm </li></ul><ul><li>doubters: afraid of imperfections </li></ul><ul><li>arrangers: obsessed with order </li></ul><ul><li>hoarders: feel as though they will be punished if they throw unnecessary items away </li></ul>
  6. 6. science behind it… <ul><li>problem in way the mind handles messages associated with fear and doubt </li></ul><ul><li>flows of brain receptors to nerve cells is blocked </li></ul>
  7. 7. treatment… <ul><li>self-help </li></ul><ul><li>medication </li></ul><ul><li>cognitive-behavioral therapy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>exposure and response prevention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cognitive therapy </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. common compulsions… <ul><li>collecting and hoarding items with little value </li></ul><ul><li>eating foods in specific orders </li></ul><ul><li>refusing to touch commonly publicly touched items; countertop, register, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>counting to a certain number over and over </li></ul><ul><li>color coordinating items and organizing excessively </li></ul>
  9. 9. facts… <ul><li>one out of fifty people may have ocd </li></ul><ul><li>one out of two hundred teens and children have it </li></ul><ul><li>many people will live their entire lives without being diagnosed with the ailment </li></ul>
  10. 10. how it makes me feel different… <ul><li>makes me feel alone and isolated from those around me </li></ul><ul><li>makes me feel paranoid that people are judging me constantly </li></ul><ul><li>makes me feel as though people do not want to get to know me and that i am different from them </li></ul>
  11. 11. how it affects me… <ul><li>causes me to feel antsy and uneasy </li></ul><ul><li>causes me to have unnecessary fights with my friends and family because i feel as though they will never fully understand what i am going through </li></ul><ul><li>it takes me an excessive amount of time to do everything because i feel the constant need and pressure of perfection </li></ul>
  12. 12. who do i talk to about it… <ul><li>i met one of my best friends while in therapy and i am able to release my problems to her and have her relate to what i am feeling </li></ul><ul><li>i also am able to talk to my therapist about it and how it affects me and my daily routine </li></ul>
  13. 13. when did i find out… <ul><li>i found out i suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder when i was years old in my third year of college </li></ul><ul><li>strep throat was going around campus and i unfortunately became sick </li></ul><ul><li>after being treated for the illness i became increasingly obsessive and panic when certain situations arose </li></ul>
  14. 14. my compulsions… <ul><li>everything needs to be in first color order, followed by categorical, and followed by alphabetical if allowed </li></ul><ul><li>everything needs to have a label on it and have a specific place where it is meant to be located </li></ul><ul><li>things need to be planned and strictly kept to that time </li></ul>
  15. 15. my compulsions continued… <ul><li>paranoia that people break into my house causing me to check the closets constantly </li></ul><ul><li>distant from family because of fear of hurting them or causing embarrassment </li></ul><ul><li>need to have things done prior to when they are actually needed </li></ul>
  16. 16. how my life is set up… <ul><li>i live my life on a routine and when something is altered i feel the need to know at LEAST two weeks prior </li></ul><ul><li>everything is in a specific order and i never am able to do things spur of the moment </li></ul><ul><li>i set up everything the night before work in order to have no problems awaiting me in the day time </li></ul>
  17. 17. how i get through the day… <ul><li>i take each step and little problem at a time and try to stay relaxed </li></ul><ul><li>i keep things in order as they should be for example when cooking i clean up as i go along in order to make sure things do not become messed up </li></ul><ul><li>i call my therapist if i am feeling uneasy or i expect to be anxiety that day </li></ul>
  18. 18. how people around me deal with it… <ul><li>i have a private office in order to not disturb those around me </li></ul><ul><li>my family makes a conscious effort to keep things in the specific order that i need them to be kept </li></ul><ul><li>my boyfriend keeps complaining to a minimum and color coordinates his closet when he expects me to come over </li></ul>
  19. 19. how i treat it… <ul><li>i go to therapy where my fears and compulsions are presented to me in a controlled setting where i am required to find a self-help outlet to let out my anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>i take daily medication in order to sedate my compulsions </li></ul><ul><li>i also take yoga to calm my nerves and make me more patient </li></ul>
  20. 20. disclaimer… <ul><li>This is a project for a high school AP Psychology course. This is a fictionalized account of having a psychological ailment. For questions about this blog project or its content please email the teacher Chris Jocham: jocham@fultonschools.org  </li></ul>