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What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder? I'm sure that most everyone has seen different news shows or talk shows where you see the person washing their hands until they bleed, or go back and forth into the house to double, triple, quadruple check something. A person may walk around their house making sure everything is "in its place" and not stop until a level of perfect is reached but often perfection in their eyes is never achieved. Magazines and books need to be parallel to the table they are on and of course the table must be parallel with the rest of the furniture in the room. These are just a few examples of behaviors that are demonstrated when a person has OCD. If you are facing this illness, you may feel alone but in reality, nearly 1 in 50 adults in the United States currently has OCD and twice that number have had it at some point in their lives (OC Foundation). The OC Foundation also has listed many common obsessions and common compulsions to give you an idea of what symptoms these individuals have: Common Obsessions Common Compulsions 1. Contamination fears of germs, dirt, ECT. Washing 2. Imagining having harmed self or others Repeating 3. Imagining losing control of aggressive urges Checking 4. ...read more.


63). There have been suspicions that genes have a part in OCD, but there have not been any specific identification of such genes. OCD is a medical brain disorder that causes problems in information processing (OC Foundation). Research tends to suggest that there are problems in communication between the deeper structures of the brain (the basal ganglia) and the front part of the brain (the orbital cortex). The lack of serotonin, the chemical that brain uses to send messages, is believed to be the base of the problem with the OCD individuals. When drugs are used to increase serotonin, there is an improvement in those with OCD and brains circuits appear to go back towards normal. If OCD develops suddenly in a youth, there is also a link to strep throat, and an autoimmune mechanism may be at fault and antibiotics may show improvement in this individual. With the varying faces of OCD, it averages 9 years and 3-4 doctors to get the correct diagnosis and about 17 years from when OCD starts to receive the right treatment (OD Foundation). The problem with this is that the earlier the diagnosis and treatment of OCD occurs, you can lessen the suffering, depression, and work or relationship problems the diagnosed individual will eventually encounter. ...read more.


A younger child may worry about a burglar coming into their house or family members getting hurt. They may also worry about getting sick and missing school. An older teen with OCD will lean more towards fear of AIDS or getting murdered just going outside. The "rituals" that these young adults follow are developed by them in order to help them deal with their fears. One way that you can make it better in your classroom for those students suffering from OCD is to talk to them about the disorder. First you need to make them feel comfortable around you and in the classroom setting. Asking them questions about their habits will let them know that you understand about OCD, and lets them know you care about them as an individual (Choices p.17). Make sure that you follow a set pattern in your daily lessons, and inform the students of any possible changes in the daily routine. This will help them to survive the day in class. Keeping the doors of communication open with the student's parents is also important. They can help you to understand what areas the individual has more specific problems with and informed of any dramatic change in the family or individual life. The most important thing you can do as an educator for students with OCD is the same as your other students, show them that you care. ...read more.

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