Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): What it is and how it can be assessed

1. What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? OCD is a debilitating anxiety disorder comprising of mental obsessions of recurrent, persistent ideas, thoughts, images or impulses (American Psychiatric Association, 2000) followed by repetitive behavioral rituals, called compulsions, which can severely impair a person’s social and occupational functioning. In rare cases OCD can lead to suicide (Alonso et al. 2010). Suffers from OCD are plagued with continuously arising irrational beliefs and are occupied to reduce anxieties produced by these imaginations by performing likewise…
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): What it is, how it can be treated and how treatment outcomes can be measured

The public is rarely confronted with sufferers from PTSD. The stories of Iraq war veterans returning back home as broken men unable to find their way back into ordinary life are among the best-known examples publicized in the media. PTSD however extends far beyond the effects of traumatizing war experiences – time to shed some light on the phenomenon. PTSD is a recognized mental disorder and develops after a terrifying event that has involved physical…
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