OCD and Anxiety Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #29



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Ever call someone OCD because they like to have a clean apartment? Ever tell someone you have a phobia of spiders when, in fact, they just creep you out a little? In this episode of Crash Course psychology, Hank talks about OCD and Anxiety Disorders in the hope we’ll understand what people with actual OCD have to deal with as well as how torturous Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks can actually be.


Table of Contents:

What Defines an Anxiety Disorder 01:55:20
Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 02:35:07
Generalized Anxiety Disorder 04:05:18
Panic Disorder and Phobias 04:47:20
The Learning Perspective 07:38:20
The Biological Perspective 09:13:14
Don’t Use OCD as a Punch Line 00:00:00


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20 comments

  1. i get panic attacks..but they come whenever i see a dog..soooo..(childhood trauma) it happens alot and one time it was so bad my cousin to cry why we are one the road..so..pft yeah

  2. Mine is at its worse when im in a large crowd of people that i dont know. I start to hyperventilate, fidget with things, and at the most extreme i cry. Because of this i avoid going to anything with a large crowd unless i have someone with me

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  4. What can you do to help during a panic attack? Let's say your GF has one. What can you do to make it pass faster and not reach the max intensity?

  5. I had an anxiety attack I stated shaking I couldn’t breath right an my heart was beating real fast, an I through, I have a very sensitive stomach so when I have one I eventually Thorough up

  6. I think we all get diagnosed with anxiety with this one specific incident that happens to us and we can never talk about it to anyone..

  7. Hi I am a male and I am 16 years old and I don’t know what’s wrong with me

    Hi I don’t know if I have a problem or not but I feel like I have I feel like I never can be happy at all and when I am exited for something I lose my excitement very fast and when school starts I get more and more sad every day and just wish to not be there cause I feel anxious every time I enter the schools and I have a hard time talking to friends or new people I try to and I end up stuttering half the time .and every time I find something new I get hooked addicted to it for a long time and then leave it suddenly and think about uneccasery things too much to the point where I can’t take it anymore and I feel very sad all the time and always want to stay home and not do anything just sleep and play video game and when I feel happy bad tho it’s come to my hand . I have more stuff that is happening and my parents don’t want to take me some where to see what’s wrong with me and I feel like I am a dumb and stupid person and that I am not worth anything and get constant mood swing sand overthink everything .

  8. One of the issues that people don't understand is that language changes. So no one used the term OCD until it was created by psychologist AND then over time it entered the lexicon of "regular" people. Once it entered the common tongue the true meaning of the word/term began to diminish. This is why psychotherapist will revise the words and terms they use so that when regular people hear them they don't have a preconceived notion of what it means.

    In short the people who get upset because someone says they have OCD (when they are just organized) are in the same group of people who get upset when someone says they decimated something. The "correct" usage of the word maybe to reduce by 10, but that's not what it means now or to the majority of people.

  9. I have gad and depression it’s horrible. I felt like I was in this deep dark hole and I wasn’t ever able to get out. I couldn’t see it ever getting better. My journey and battle is no where near over but it’s so much better then when i started. I’m hopeful for the future and I know I can overcome this. I want others to know that even though everyone tells you it will get better and you just can’t seem to believe it, it honestly does. It will even if it takes you years it will. Don’t give up with your battle yet. Keep going try to hold onto the tiny milestones you achieve. Think about the things you can do now that you couldn’t a month ago even if it’s just “I managed to talk about it a bit”. Keep going don’t give it up you will get there you Honestly will just trust me and believe in yourself. You will get there as long as you preserve and believe and take the steps to achieve it.

  10. I am the girl that washes her hands until they bleed! Well, I used to be; I've improved a lot since then, so it doesn't happen much anymore, but I still have OCD and a phobia of germs, but I've gotten better at dealing with them. While those two things are very much linked, my other much more odd notable phobia probably isn't, although the underlying neuro stuff involved in the other two probably plays a role in the third. What is this phobia, you ask? Balls. Specifically moving balls. Different balls bother me to different degrees, with basketballs being the most, and I will absolutely get as far away from them as possible if I encounter them flying through the air, and probably cover my head and duck unless I'm trying really hard to save face. Why am I scared of them? Three very physically painful incidents involving basketballs, the worst one being accidentally hit in the stomach by one when the guys in my gym class were trying to show off how hard they could throw basketballs, and discovering I had appendicitis as a result. Second worst involved the boys showing off their basketball throwing strength once again, accidentally hitting me and slamming my head into a solid metal window frame with it. Third was when a basketball hit somehow cracked my sternum. So now they scare me.

  11. It's mental torture. For me my biggest problem had to do with my families safety I would take up to 10 minutes making sure the stove was off or check if the door was locked for a ridiculous amount of times. Or always checking on my siblings while they were asleep. I mean it's great to take care of your family but I had to be realistic and know that I cannot control everything around me and that has helped me immensely.

  12. I have more than one phobia but the biggest one so far is birds. It sounds silly, and yes I know it’s an irrational fear especially considering I’ve never had a bad experience with a bird, but one instance that made it clear to my family just how bad my fear was happened on Mother’s Day this year. My little sister let my grandmas bird out of his cage and I had a panic attack when it got too close for comfort and flew over me: crying, hyperventilating, sweating, the whole ordeal. It sucked. I also have social anxiety, sometimes get anxiety for no reason, occasionally get panic attacks but the social anxiety is the worst. I used to listen as close as possible from my bedroom to try and hear if any of my family members were walking around outside their bedrooms so that I could avoid talking to them when I wanted to leave my bedroom and I would wait however long I needed to just to avoid social interaction when going to the restroom or kitchen. I still get anxious being in the kitchen with someone else and somehow end up leaving with something I didn’t want to eat just because I wanted to get away as quick as possible 🤦‍♀️

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