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Obsessions - Obsessions persistent thoughts impulses or...

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Obsessions – persistent thoughts, impulses, or images o Common obsessions: contamination, aggressive or sexual impulses, symmetry/order, vague – just something bad will happen o These thoughts are unwanted and intrusive and caused marked distress to the individual o Recognized as a product of their own mind – no one is inserting this these thoughts into their mind Compulsions – repetitive behaviors or mental acts (rituals) o Common compulsions: cleaning/washing, checking (door locked), ordering, counting, doing something until it feels right – the person can’t tell you why it feels right o People feel driven or compelled to perform compulsions in order to reduce anxiety or to prevent disaster o Rigid – compulsions have to be done in a specific way o “Magical” – no logical relation to the obsession o Causes Biological Genetics – 1 st degree relatives of ppl with OCD 10% of them have OCD Over-activation in the frontal lobes Serotonin – NTM low levels
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