OCD And Hoarding Disorders Essay

Length: 4 pages Sources: 4 Subject: Psychology Type: Essay Paper: #56011404 Related Topics: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Mental Disorder, Behavioral Disorder, Disorders
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Of the many identified and treated mental disorders that exist in the fields of psychology and psychiatry, the author of this report has decided to focus on obsessive compulsive disorder. The author will be giving a review and summary of that selected case and disorder. The facets of the disorder that will be described include the biological, psychological and social factors involved in the selected case. It will also describe the rationale for selecting any given intervention, what would be done, who would be involved, the setting in which the intervention would occur and what area the intervention is targeting. By "area," the author is referring to the aforementioned biological, psychological and social factors that tend to be involved. While obsessive compulsive disorder can be a debilitating mental disorder, there are most definitely defined and established intervention methods available that can and should be used.


As described by Gellatly and Molloy (2014), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a fairly common mental health problem that is commonly associated with poor quality of life, impair functioning and increase overall risk of suicide. The very nasty about obsessive compulsive disorder is that the possibility of improvement is unlikely to impossible so long as a proper treatment intervention is not applied to the patient. Unless or until that happens, the biological and psychological issues at play will tend to completely run roughshod over any social factors such as experiences with family members and friends as it relates to the patient being...


For example, even if the patient is embarrassed due to others knowing about the illness, that will just make things worse because now embarrassment is lobbed on top of a disorder that the patient really has no control over (Gellatly & Molloy, 2014).

However, treatment can be very effective once it is started. A common way in which OCD is dealt with is through pharmacological interventions as well as the use of cognitive behavioral therapy. The cognitive behavioral therapy will generally start off as more basic and high-level at first to see if there is a response to those methods. If there is not an acceptable level of response to that treatment, then more advance methods are used. Quite often, nurses and other healthcare professionals may be enlisted and trained to guide the treatment and assistance of the patient as they move through their interventions. Commonly, the setting for an intervention would be in a clinical setting. Quite often, it would be in the closed off office of a psychologist or mental health professional. However, it can also occur in real-world settings. The latter can be useful because responding to treatment in a controlled setting is a much different beast than doing so when in a regular and real-world environment. Regardless, the treatment is most definitely treating the biological and psychological factors that are causing the mental health disorder to be magnified and omnipresent for the patient. A reduction and management of those factors would lead to improvement in the social sphere as the patient becomes more in line with regular everyday social situations rather than being a clear outlier due to compulsive and repetitive behaviors such as handwashing and hand sanitizing (Gellatly & Molloy, 2014).

It should be noted that while handwashing and "checking on" certain things repeatedly (e.g. If the oven is on)…

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Breininger, D. (2014). Hoarding: Is an intervention right for you and your client. Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction Professionals, 15(4), 70-75.

Gellatly, J., & Molloy, C. (2014). Psychological interventions in obsessive compulsive disorder. Nursing Standard, 28(51), 51-59.

Nedelisky, A., & Steele, M. (2009). Attachment to people and to objects in obsessive-compulsive disorder: an exploratory comparison of hoarders and non-

hoarders. Attachment & Human Development, 11(4), 365-383.

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