It is easy to make assumptions about any kind of disorder, be it OCD or bipolar disorder. However, it isn’t fair for a peer to make judgments about a particular problem before they know the general ideas. When asked about OCD many will say “Oh yeah isn’t that when people wash their hands a lot?” Truthfully, OCD is much more than that.It is important for peers to understand that the feelings is that one HAS to do the compulsion so their anxiety will go away. Even more importantly, it is vital for peers to realize that OCD isn't controllable. It is a sickness just like any other. If a person with depression was acting sad, you wouldn't tell them to get be happy, shake it off, and try to get over it. OCD is something that takes work and practice to overcome. It can take a student several years to get rid of their OCD and it is still possible for it to show up again. According to Melinda Smith, Ellen Jaffe-Gill and Jeanne Seagal (who has PHD in psychology), "Like a needle getting stuck on an old record, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) causes the brain to get stuck on a particular thought or urge,"












Basic idea of OCD: “..An illness that causes people to have distressing, intrusive, irrational thoughts, images, or impulses (i.e., obsessions) and to perform repetitive behavioral or mental acts (i.e, compulsions) aimed at reducing distress or preventing some dreaded situation."

Obsessions (the producer of an anxiety):getting hurt, getting sick (or contaminated), being imperfect, losing track of belongings, feeling insecure, and feeling vulnerable or helpless.

Compulsions (what one feels they HAVE to do):double checking, washing repetitively, keeping things for an extended period of time, touching objects repeatedly, forcing relatives and friends to say or do certain things.

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