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Mental Emotional Disorders                     

Anxiety Disorders   

      Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • What is it?
    • Pervasive pattern of preoccupation
    • Effects orderliness, perfectionism, mental, interpersonal control
    • Inhibits flexibility, openness, efficiency
    • OCD is time consuming, interferes with routine/academic functioning
    • Usually emerges in early childhood
    • Thoughts of death or suicide
    • Obsessions:
      • Recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, images
      • Thoughts are intrusive, inappropriate

      • Thoughts cause extreme anxiety, distress

    • Compulsions:

      • Repetitive behaviors (hand washing, ordering, checking)

      • Repetitive mental acts (praying, counting, repeating words silently)

      • Behaviors and thoughts are internally driven, uncontrollable

  • What does it look like?
    • Forming perfect circles around the answers on a multiple choice test

    • Making all the letters identical on a 1000 word essay
    • Struggling to say the correct thing, continually correcting themselves
    • Appearing inattentive, having a lack of focus

      Panic Disorder

  • What is it?
    • Unexpected, repeated episodes or intense fear
    • Physical symptoms that mimic life-threatening medical conditions
  • What does it look like?
    • Heart palpitations/pounding heart
    • Sweating
    • Trembling, shaking
    • Shortness of breath, chest pain
    • Nausea, dizziness
    • Fear of dying, losing control or going crazy

      Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • What is it?
    • Feeling of worry or fear
    • Restlessness
    • Fatigue
    • Irritability
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Disturbed sleep and/or muscle tension
    • Spontaneous occurrence, no apparent reason, lasts for days
  • What does it look like?
    • Refusing to speak in front of the class/write answers on the board
    • Anxious when working in groups
    • Fearful about participating in course related field trips
    • Anxiety because of unknown environments
    • Nervous behavior associated with course location or instructor changes
    • Unusual reaction to poor test grade or homework assignment

Also see Academic Tips for mental emotional disorders