Sign Language and the Effects with Mentally Challenged Indiviuals

Topics: Compulsive behavior, Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, Anxiety Pages: 3 (994 words) Published: May 25, 2013
Cynthia Gabrielle

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Symptoms, Behavior, and Treatment (Activity)

I was surprised on how OCD can affect your life style. I was however happy to known that through research some of the things I do are somewhat normal, others not so much. Also a resident I work with has some of the characteristics that qualify as OCD. Such as having things in certain order, counting numbers, repetitive actions, to name a few. I just recently realized how this affects my life and began to notice how it affects Kathy’s (resident from Ravish Road) life.

Through research I have found that they have given names to things that we do. For me I am a counter, and arranger, which means that I count in my head everything in my head to add up to seven, eleven, or twenty-one. No matter what it is from receipts, lottery tickets, odometer, etc. I like things arranged in a certain way and will make more work for myself to do so. For Kathy she is a hoarder and arranger. Kathy takes things that are not hers and lines them up on her dresser. Takes certain color, (Pink) underwear from the other ladies room and sometimes pajamas with strings in the waist to tie from the guys. She likes certain items such as bedding, pajama’s, which she wears every day to stay the same and gets very upset when changing them.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by repetitive thought and/or ritualistic behaviors. Approximately 2% to 3% of the general population is diagnosed with OCD, with children more likely to be diagnosed than adults. People with OCD often experience diminished functioning in school, work, and community contexts, particularly in relation to social relationships.

Researching this has said stressful situations occur and I realized Kathy becomes very stressed out when items have been put back where they were or when she has to put lunch bags in the washer on Fridays, different bedding and pajamas....
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