14 Dec. 2012
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
In the year of 2010 I found out about a new anxiety disorder that I had not known about. This new disorder was OCD which stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. OCD became important to me when I found out that my cousin was diagnosed with OCD. Not knowing what OCD was enabled me to research this topic in order to understand what Jacob, my cousin was going through. I opened my eyes at exactly 9:00 a.m. on the 25th of September. I knew the exact time because I had looked at my cellphone. The smell of my mom’s cooking was one other factor that contributed to me waking me up; she was making eggs and bacon. After breakfast I showered and headed out to my friend Jacob’s house. I arrived at Jacob’s house at about noon I would have to say. He lives on a two acres of land with a pretty great home on it. Jacob has an indoor pool which we proceeded to dive into and play the famous game of “Marco polo”. After being in the pool for about two hours, we fried some potatoes, and ate them with his special sauce which served as the dip of the fries; the sauce consisted of mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup. As Jacob made his sauce, I notices something rather eccentric, every time he would put down the spoon, he would have to lightly tap the table an exact three times consecutively, I did not think too much of it at the time, but I did noticed that doing this would give him some sort of relief. We then went outside to go feed his mini pony and mini donkey which are really cute and of course really small. The day came to an end with Jacob and I eating some tasty vanilla Ice-cream with some chocolate syrup on top served on a squared cup, which was pretty cool I must say. Finally, it was time to sleep it was around maybe one in the morning, so I was ready to close my eyes and rest for about eight hours. But those long eight hours were cut down to maybe 4 hours because Jacob kept on repeatedly turning on and off the light switch with such desperation. At about 3 in the morning he suddenly broke down crying to only tell me that the flicking of the light switch was a ritual he did so that his parents would get home safe and not die. I was so confused, but then he told me that he had OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). The next day, I went back home and did some research on what exactly OCD was, I was shocked about this and I learned that OCD can really affect your whole life in a negative way. It really hurt me to know what my dear cousin was going through. OCD can make life more difficult than that of the average person. However with therapy and for some, medication the symptoms can be made manageable. OCD is a Mental illness that is made up of two parts: Obsessions and the rituals, which serve as temporary relief of the obsessions. There are a lot of psychological disorders that flow around us in present day; Due to the growth of the science of psychology. Some common psychological disorders that are common include Depression, a good way to understand depression is feeling worthless and wanting to avoid contact with the world, while feeling sad or angry most of the day. One other is Bipolar disorder. A person with Bipolar disorder is known to have a lot of “mood swings” they could be very happy, having a good time with his or her friends, and the next minute he or she could be annoyed with their friends and want to leave to be alone; sometimes because their mood change is so sudden friends of people with this disorder can feel offended or mad at them. Of course another common mental illness is OCD, which will be explained throughout the essays. Thanks to psychologist and modern science research has been done to try and manage all mental disorders. As mentioned earlier Obsessions are the first component of the two that make up OCD. Obsessions are horrific thoughts that are usually ways away from reality. A good way to explain these thoughts is to...