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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Internet Address: http://www.aacap.org/web/aacap/factsFam/ocd.htm

“Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents.” AACAP.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) usually begins in adolescence or young adulthood. The obsessions and compulsions cause anxiety and interfere with the child’s normal functioning. A young child with OCD may fear that harm will occur. An older child with OCD may fear becoming ill. OCD is a brain disorder and tends to run in the family. Children and Adolescents fear they are going crazy. Most children can be treated with psychotherapy and medication effectively. Seeking help from a child and adolescent psychiatrist is recommended.

Internet Address:  http://www.cmhc.com/disorders/sx25t.htm

Hooper, James F. “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treatment”

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the most difficult to understand of all psychiatric illnesses. Afflicted individuals usually experience severe anxiety if they are unable to complete their rituals. Many therapists work to help the individual learn that nothing bad happens when the behaviors stop. A major problem therapists face is getting the family members to understand that the person with OCD is unable to stop the behavior. Behavior therapists have had much more success than insight oriented psychotherapy. Medications have been found to be fairly successful in the treatment of OCD. The latest drugs have been the SSRI class anti-depressants. The most effective type of treatment is a combination of medication and behavior therapy.

Internet Address: http://www.lexington-on- line.com/naf.ocdl.htm

“Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - A Treatable Disorder.” 

This pamphlet describes obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to help one decide if he or she may have the disorder. The pamphlet begins with a case history of a man who was being treated for depression, but actually had OCD. The pamphlet explains that obsessions are thoughts, often intrusive and upsetting and gives some examples. Compulsion is a repetitive behavior in response to urges. It is common for obsession to come first, and compulsion seems to be a response to the obsession. The pamphlet then lists twelve facts about OCD. If someone suffers from OCD, he or she can be helped withbehavior therapy and medication. An individual with OCD should be treated by a specialist who is well versed and experienced in this area.

Internet Address: http://www.social.com/helth/cic/mental- health/obsess.html

Hendrix, Mary Lynn. “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” National Institute of Mental Health - Decade of the Brain. 

This article defines obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as a pattern of repetitive thoughts and behaviors that are distressing but extremely difficult to overcome. The number of people with OCD has been greatly underestimated because many hide their problems and fail to seek treatment. People with OCD know their behavior is senseless and most of them struggle to banish the unwanted thoughts and behaviors. A person is not considered to have OCD unless it interferes with everyday life. Clinical and animal research sponsored by NIMH and other scientific organizations is yielding treatment that can help a person with OCD. Treatment is administered through medication and behavior therapy. There is still an ongoing search for the cause of OCD.

Internet Address: http://www.pale-reflections.com/mental_health.asp?page=ocd

Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation

This is a good website that talks about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in detail and gives some common obsessions.  It goes on to talk about treatment and gives places in which the person can go to receive treatment.  It covers eating disorders associated with OCD but not into a great detail.

Internet Address: http://www.healthyplace.com/Communities/Eating_Disorders/peacelovehope/ocd.html

2000 HealthyPlace.com

This site goes in to much more detail about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and lists the types of people who suffer, why they do what they do, an area about treatment, and where to go for additional resources.  This site is good for people who do not know much about the two disorders.  Here they can find some valuable information regarding the two disorders and how they interact with each other. 

Internet Address: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/ocdsoms.cfm

National Institute of Mental Health

This website is put on by the government, specifically the National Institute of Mental Health.  It defines Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and how it can be treated.  It gives a visual representation of the brain of someone who suffers from OCD compared to someone who doesn’t.  Also, at the end of the page it lists seven references for further reading.

Internet Address: http://www.mayoclinic.com/invoke.cfm?id=DS00189

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN

This website is put together by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  It basically includes a couple of paragraphs about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and how doctors once believed that it was a rare condition.  Limited information about treatment for the disorder is provided but it does link back to the main Mayo Clinic page.

Internet Address: http://www.angelfire.com/bc/peacelovehope/ocd.html

This website is a personal page created by a normal internet user.  It is hosted under a free website service.  This page gives a good overview of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), who suffers from it, and why people suffer.   There is also a paragraph or so on treatment and a couple links for further reading. 

OCD & Eating


Internet Address: http://www.bibri.com/eatingdisorderinfo/obsessiv.htm

Mental Health Association of Licking County, Newark, Ohio

This is a good site that talks about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Eating Disorders.  It lists what each of them are and shows some interesting facts.  The best part about this website is that it provides information about a support group that you can attend if you have one of these disorders.  I’m sure they could mail you out minutes of their meetings in online format so you can attend while being miles away.