ERIC Number: EJ825052
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
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A Case of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Twohig, Michael P.; Whittal, Maureen L.
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v16 n1 p3-6 Feb 2009
This article presents the case of a 51-year old woman with obsessive-compulsive disorder. "Caroline" reported obsessions of harming people secondary to spreading her "bad energy," which is experienced as dust on her hands and in her mouth. To prevent harm coming to others she mentally "vacuums" the dust, creates mental protective barriers around nearby people and avoids touching others for fear of transmitting her bad energy. Although she reported a childhood onset of obsessions and compulsions, it exacerbated in the context of multiple stressors 4 years prior to seeking treatment. Her Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale total score was in the moderate range at intake. Predisposing, precipitating, and maintaining factors are described in addition to the specific symptom presentation.
Descriptors: Behavior Disorders, Females, Adults, Case Studies, Aggression, Cognitive Processes, Behavior Modification, Stress Variables, Psychological Patterns, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Counseling Techniques
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Obsessive Compulsive Scale