By: Mitchell Kramer 5th hour

What is OCD?

OCD stands for obsessive compulsive disorder. OCD makes somebody think irrational thoughts that they cannot control. There are multiple variations of OCD that fall into 4 categories.

  • "Washers" are afraid of contamination and will clean themselves multiple times before they think they are clean enough.

  • "Doubters and Sinners" are afraid that if something isn't perfect, bad things will happen and they will be punished

  • "Counters and Arrangers" are obsessed with symmetry and order, and they are also superstitious about certain numbers, color, or arrangements.

  • "Hoarders" do not want to throw anything away due to their sentimental value or that the items be be of use in the future.

Some symptoms of OCD include Excessive double checking of things like appliances, locks, or switches. Constantly checking up on family members to make sure they're safe. Tapping, counting, repeating certain words, or doing other senseless things to reduced their anxiety. arranging things to the point that the thing they are arranging are "just so".

There is no known cure for OCD and neurologists haven't yet found what causes it. OCD can get more severe when it's not being treated. OCD generally starts in ages 20-25. Men and woman have the same chance of having OCD.

Media Influences

OCD has been spoken about by the media in a relatively negative way due to the fact that OCD symptoms can make you look crazy. but you cannot just catch OCD so the media can't deter you from getting it but the media can encourage you to treat it.

Interpersonal Communication

There are numerous people you could talk to if you have OCD. The first person you should try to talk to is a psychologist about how severe your symptoms are. you can also talk to a family members or friends about it. Your friends should try to make you feel less isolated and tell you that these symptoms is the OCD, not you.

Negative Effects of OCD

OCD has multiple negative effects with it. depending on the severity of your symptoms, It could make you feel isolated and strange to other people, for example, when you wash your hands for a long time, like 10 minutes, other people will most likely think you are weird. another negative effect of OCD is Compulsions and obsessions may take up many hours of someones day and can interfere with family and social relationships. When their OCD begins to get more severe, they tend to avoid things that may trigger their compulsive tendencies such as eating, shopping, reading, ect. OCD is also often paired with depression, social anxiety disorders and panic disorder.

Positive Effects of OCD

unfortunately, OCD doesn't have many Positive effects except on a business standpoint. Apparently, people that write computer/video game codes are known to have OCD. it benefits them if their symptoms include making things perfect. In some cases, OCD could protect you from diseases, for example, "washers" could have gotten a cold but they didn't because they washed their hands more than the average person.