Psychological Disorder Paper

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Psychological Disorder Paper
Erica Vazquez
PSY 450
University of Phoenix

This paper will examine the psychological disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the relationship it has between human development and socialization as well as how human development and socialization affect people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Psychological Disorder Paper
The U.S. National Library of Medicine describes Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as, “ an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors that make them feel driven to do something (compulsions).” Essentially, the obsessions are the spontaneous and tedious contemplations, while the compulsions are the actions that result from the disorder. Even though OCD is exhibited as recurrent and persistent thoughts and impulses, would it be just to consider every type of compulsive behavior or obsessive thought as OCD? (Shiraev &Levy, 2010) According to Shiraev & Levy, “ Specific repetitive behavior – praying, for example –– should be judged in accordance with the norms of the individual’s culture and should clearly interfere with social role functioning to be diagnosed as OCD (DSM-IV, P. 420) “ (2010, p. 231). With this in mind a more concrete explanation of the relationship between OCD and human development and socialization.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) OCD affects more than 2.3% of the U.S. population. OCD affects everyone on the spectrum from children to adults. This disorder is an “equal opportunity” illness, which refers to the fact that it does not have a preference in gender, age, or ethnic groups. In the past OCD was considered a rare condition, which left sufferers from OCD in the dark and forced to keep their illness a secrete. It was not...

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