OCD, Mathew Adams

OCD is really interesting actually. It is a brain disorder that is surprisingly common. Everyone double checks things sometimes. For example, you might double check to make sure the stove or iron is turned off before leaving the house. But people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) feel the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and rituals over and over.For many people, OCD starts during childhood or the teen years. Most people are diagnosed by about age 19. Symptoms of OCD may come and go and be better or worse at different times. Imagine you were stuck, on one thought or image. It would not go away. The only way to get rid of it is to do what the image is, when you do it you get an odd sense of pleasure. But, when something happens that is extremely the opposite of the thought or image, you feel OH MY GOD COME ON, COME ON. GO AWAY! You absolutely HAVE to fix that, if you don’t you will start freaking out. Pulling your hair out, like HELP ME!! You can not move on in life until that thing is fixed. That is what people with OCD go through. They also, in most cases hate germs. They will wash their hands over and over, for like 10 minutes, sometimes making their hands bleed. Scientists are not sure about a cure, they only know that it can run in the family.

My thinking actually changed a lot, I chose this project because I have a friend, who’s dad has OCD. I did not think that OCD was that severe really, until I did this project. Now I know it wrecks people lives. Also effecting there whole family, sever damage to the brain in OCD is a horrible thing. Especially because their is no cure. I also thought people with OCD only cared about organization. I did not know that people with OCD also care about other things, like germs, rituals, etc… I also did not know that OCD is very common, and effects 2.2 million adults around the U.S. I also thought that I had OCD because I have to do certain things before going to bed. After this project I realized I definitely do not have OCD. I just have specific bedtime routines.

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