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  1. 1. OCD<br />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<br />
  2. 2. OCD<br />Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by repetitive inner thoughts that cause fear, nervousness, and an array of obsessions and compulsions.<br />
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  4. 4. Cause<br />The causes of OCD are unknown but it is agreed to have to relate to psychological and biological factors<br />
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  6. 6. Biological Causes<br />OCD is believed to be caused by an abnormal level of the neurotransmitter Serotonin<br />Serotonin is believed to control anxiety<br />This disorder may also be caused by a possible genetic mutation<br />
  7. 7. Obsessions<br />These are thoughts that continue to linger and/or repeat in one’s head over and over again.<br />These thoughts occur no matter how much the sufferer tries to ignore them<br />
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  10. 10. Compulsions<br />These are the repetitive actions that someone with OCD may continue to do no matter how much they resist<br />This includes rituals that are formed to either prevent an anxiety-causing event from happening or to remove the event from their thoughts (hand washing, etc.)<br />
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  13. 13. Treatment<br />Behavioral Therapy and other adverse Medications may be used to treat Obsessive-Compulsive disorder<br />
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  16. 16. Behavioral Therapy<br />This therapy involves slowly getting the OCD sufferer to learn to tolerate the anxiety he/she feels by stopping the completion of any repetitive compulsions or rituals<br />
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  19. 19. Medication<br />Medications include SSRI’s which are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors.<br />