Essay about Mental Illness

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Obsessive­Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
By: Anahi Alarcon, Adalyn Moreno, Tatiana Ramos, Asya Williams Obsessive­compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and repetitive, ritualized behaviors you feel compelled to perform. OCD often centers on themes such as a fear of germs or the need to arrange objects in a specific manner. The signs of Obsessive­Compulsive Disorder are
Constant checking, Constantly counting, The repeated cleaning of one or more items, Repeatedly washing their hands, Constantly checking the stove or door locks, Arranging items to face a certain way. There are no physical signs of having Obsessive­Compulsive Disorder.
The symptoms of Obsessive­Compulsive Disorder are: Fear of contamination or dirt, Having things orderly and symmetrical, Aggressive or horrific thoughts about harming yourself or others, Unwanted thoughts, including aggression, or sexual or religious subjects.This disorder typically starts between 18 and 25 but can begin anytime. OCD has a severe impact on daily life however there is treatment for this disorder. One treatment is therapy, this can be family therapy sessions which can help the patient to reduce family conflicts. As well there is normal therapy to help ease the effects of OCD.

As well there is Ernst Lanzer “Rat Man” in 1907 became a case of a man with obsessive thoughts. The most notable of his condition was an intense fear that his friend and his father would be “tortured using a bizarre Chinese method involving a rat, described to him by an army colleague.” Lanzer also complained about having obsessive thoughts such as “cutting his throat with a razor.” An