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    I have some questions regarding the symptoms of OCD [Obsessive Compulsive Disorder].
    • When Linda becomes stressed or nervous, she washes her hands repeatedly, fears the touch of others, and compulsively counts her steps. Once the stressor is gone, however, she acts normally. Is this OCD?
    • Theodore washes his hands on an average of 14 times a day, washes his clothes if he feels dirty, and obsesses over the fact that he may smell bad to others. Is this OCD?
    • Do people with OCD know they have OCD (Without being diagnosed)?
    • If so, do they know what they're doing could be "irrational?"
    • If Sharon's mother has OCD, is there a higher chance that Sharon will have OCD as well (just by living with her mother as a child)?

    I've done a little research on OCD, but these questions/scenarios have confused me. Thanks for the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnonymousNine View Post
    I've done a little research on OCD, but these questions/scenarios have confused me.
    ~A.N.
    We cannot do your homework for you. I don't think you have done very much research, because I found some of the answers just by reading the Wikipedia page.


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    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Possibly
    4. If yes on 3, then yes
    5. OCD is not heritable, but it may be stimulated by others with OCD.

    I know i shouldn't make homework assignments, but i don't think, without an explanation it would be a great help anyway. Hopefully it can help you out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by AnonymousNine View Post
    I've done a little research on OCD, but these questions/scenarios have confused me.
    ~A.N.
    We cannot do your homework for you. I don't think you have done very much research, because I found some of the answers just by reading the Wikipedia page.
    This actually isn't homework, if we're using the term literally. I was actually interested in personal opinions as well as the actual facts.
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    Oke, @AnonymousNine, how's linda doing? Better now?
    Growing up, i marveled at star-trek's science, and ignored the perfect society. Now, i try to ignore their science, and marvel at the society.

    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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    Repetitive behavior can be caused by various triggers and not necessarily requires to be taken under the "serious" label of "disorder" in every case.

    Most psychiatric terms for "disorders" like paranoia, depression, OCD etc are used very loosely in modern society. Each of these "traits" are omnipresent in each mind and milder expression of them often means a "normal" person. If we take OCD trait, we can see that ritualistic behaviour found in all cultures stem from the very mechanism.

    It is wiser to look at a person holistically and see the impact of his/her what-ever-odd-behaviour on others. I feel that the term OCD should be used (with an intent of treating it through intervention) when it becomes a cause of genuine discomfort for others.
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