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             Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that can be disabling to a persons life. Someone who suffers from OCD can become trapped in repetitive thoughts and behaviors that are seemingly senseless. OCD can occur in a varying degree, from mild to severe.(NIMH) If severe OCD is left untreated, it can destroy a person's ability to function at work, at school, or even at home. For many years OCD was only thought to be a disorder that was brought on by society, but recently there has been new evidence that it is something neurological. .
             At first when psychologists first started diagnosing people with OCD they were convinced that it was not only a very rare disorder, but that it was caused by modeling to the extreme, mostly for kids whose parents were abusive. According to Sigmund Freud, a person with such a past is then liable to go through unexplainable ritualistic motion often times unconsciously which then debilitate the person from functioning in a normal society. He also says that there are times when we fail to control the subconscious which would influence us to commit parapraxes (slips of the tongue). Also, that the unchecked subconscious then becomes a sort of channel for the person's past traumatic experience, so it would surface as an obsessive act.( Freud 338) Most people that have severe OCD their symptoms start in early childhood or adolescence. Unlike adults, children don't see their habits as being obsessions or compulsions because they are usually washing hands or, checking things around their house. This is thought to be because the children are trying to empress their parents, or they are trying to model them, but instead they take it to the extreme.(Robins 4) After the child gets rewarded for the behavior, such as washing their hands, they might keep on doing the act so that they can get the same reaction over and over again. This can lead to an adult that washes their hands five times in a row every time they go to the bathroom, not because they are afraid of germs, but because that is what their brain is telling them.

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