Application to Clinical Psych Essay

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Application to Psychology: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Se'Sees Holmes
PSY/480
November 3, 2014
Chantell Scott

Application to Psychology: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Clinical Psychologist’s must tackle a huge number of mental disorders. They can range from anything being Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to Schizophrenia. To fully comprehend the application of clinical psychology in the real-world environment one must fully understand the realm of psychology and all that goes with it. Here I will provide an overview of my chosen disorder being Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I will then discuss the biological, psychological and social factors that are involved in my case. I will then explain which interventions would be appropriate
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Stripping out of all of her clothing, laying each item out, and searching for contamination, Bess would scrub her body beginning with her feet and moving up to toward her head. Once she was clean, she would re-dress in the opposite manner from which she had undressed. If Bess thought she missed or overlooked a contaminated article or somehow deviated from her routine, she would start all over again. This occurrence would go on about four to five times a night. However, as time went on, Bess developed and took on variety of other rituals and obsessive thoughts. These new obsessions were usually related to using the bathroom, sexual issues, or coming into contact with public places that could possibly contaminate her (Meyer, Chapman & Weaver, 2009, p.45). Immeasurable amounts of time and psychic energy was wasted and Bess became even more impaired. As she became aware of how ridiculous her actions were, something in her still compelled her to do them anyway. The only gratifying portion of Bess’s life that had meaning and she derived satisfaction from it; was her work. However, her rituals began to eventually interfere with her work and it was then she realized she needed help.
Biological Theory
Biological theories of OCD stem largely from the observations of the neurological soft signs in some OCD patients (Ko, 2000). Typically, the four brain compositions will be hyperactive during the same times therefore, causing them to act in unison and

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