Anxiety Disorders: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Anxiety disorders are currently the most common psychiatric illnesses affecting both children and adults. Whether it is the generalized anxiety associated with everyday living or the devastating effects of a severe traumatic event, people who develop the extreme symptoms of an anxiety disorder can find their lives impaired in significant ways. It is important for students and healthcare professionals to know what differentiates excessive anxiety from an anxiety disorder. This program defines the criteria for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, commonly known as OCD and one of the most prevalent of all psychiatric disorders. Some of the strange and ritualized behaviors associated with the disorder and the resulting adverse affects, as well as relevant neurological findings unique to OCD are discussed. Effective dramatic vignettes and interviews with professionals and educators in the field are used to explore current treatment options and the challenges that these disorders present in home, vocational, and clinical environments.