About 2.5% of the United States population has been diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (Facts). About 1 million children and teens have obsessive compulsive disorder (KidsHealth). This neurological disorder can be very mild or can become so persistent that it interferes with everyday life (Meyers 478). “The obsessions or compulsions can cause anguish, are time consuming, can disrupt social activities, and can affect ones relationship with others” (Zohar). Majority of the day is consumed with this disorder because they are unable to control the obsessions or compulsions. Some sufferers are imprisoned by infinite rituals. Patients with obsessive compulsive disorder are not crazy, given that this disorder does not usually affect their complete personality (Sebastian 19-20). A typical patient knows that this behavior is extreme and unreasonable but is unable to control the way that they feel. Several patients claim that they have to react to the compulsions or they just do not feel “right” (Anxiety Disorders).
There are five common types of obsessive compulsive disorder (Types of OCD). These types are based on the signs that most patients describe. The first type is washers and cleaners. These victims are afraid of contamination. They fear becoming infected with a disease. Washers and cleaners tend to repeatedly wash their hand, clothes, and items in their home. Checkers is another type of obsessive compulsive disorder. These patients continuously check door locks, windows and other switches. They fear that failure to close and lock doors or even turn appliances off could cause harm to themselves or others. Orderers are sufferers that need everything organized. They become very anxious if items are not arranged properly. Another type of obsessive compulsive disorder is hoarders. These people usually collect items in excess. They save items that normal people would regard as garbage. The last type of obsessive compulsive disorder is obsessors. Obsessors usually have thoughts of causing others harm. They deal with these obsessions by counting or saying a specific word. These victims live with obsessions but usually do not have compulsion that they must perform.
Different levels of emotional suffering can occur from obsessive compulsive disorder. The three types that scientist are currently aware of are episodic, continuous, or deteriorative (Sebastian 45). In episodic obsessive compulsive disorder the reoccurrence of these events only last for a specific limited amount of time. The symptoms usually become part of the patients’ life so they can attempt to function normally. Individuals with continuous obsessive compulsive disorder are bothered with severe episodes during stressful periods. These episodes can harm ones social life but usually does not affect their job or home life. The last category for this disorder is deteriorative obsessive compulsive disorder. The symptoms of this type of disorder are so relentless that the victims spend their whole day performing rituals. These people usually do not have jobs or a social life.
Pure “O” involves the experience of unwanted, intrusive, and persistent thoughts (obsessions) with no accompanying behavioral components or rituals (Phillipson). These obsessions are the...