OCD: An Analysis of Clinical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Modern Society

  • Michael Yiran Ma Peabody College - Vanderbilt University


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, known as OCD in short, is a relatively recent psychological phenomena that has begun to demand an increasing amount of attention and focus from medical and psychiatric institutions due to higher rates of clinical diagnosis. While estimates of OCD sufferers range from less than 1% to more than 5% of the total population, symptoms of OCD are commonly found within a significant percentage of all individuals at one point or another of their lives.
This paper attempts to examine the current research that has been conducted of OCD and to examine released statistical data for any emerging patterns of diagnosis. This paper also attempts to clear up any current myths about OCD as portrayed by either the media or pop culture. The importance of research on OCD to our society is also mentioned within the paper, as well as potential root causes of the disorder. Finally, a prescriptive section dealing with possible effective treatment techniques and methods is detailed at the end of the paper.

Author Biography

Michael Yiran Ma, Peabody College - Vanderbilt University
Michael Ma is a junior undergraduate student currently enrolled in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Michael is pursuing a major in Human and Organizational Development and a minor in Philosophy. Born in Beijing, China, Michael now resides with his family in Fairfield County, Connecticut. The topic at hand, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, draws a particular interest of Michael's after encountering many cases and symptoms of OCD while volunteering at academic centers and medical clinics. He hopes that future studies and advancing psychiatric treatments will alleviate the current ailments and misnomers associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Michael plans to work in the private financial sector after his anticipated graduation in the spring of 2009.
How to Cite
MA, Michael Yiran. OCD: An Analysis of Clinical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Modern Society. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 4, june 2008. ISSN 1555-788X. Available at: <http://ejournals.library.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/vurj/article/view/2800>. Date accessed: 01 june 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v4i0.2800.
Humanities and Social Sciences


Clinical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)