Capstone Draft Four

Ethical/Legal Factors

A study by Zohar (1999) indicated that when treating OCD, the issue of stimulating the brain deeply emerged. Any form of brain stimulation has the potential of altering an individual’s personality. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a part of what forms the personality of a patient. Hence, any attempt to do away with the condition amounts to changing a person. Altering the personality of an individual raises serious ethical concerns. Put simply, manipulating a person’s brain equates to interfering with the human nature.

Another ethical dilemma is based on the view that the deep brain stimulation leads to the alteration of other body functions such as the cognitive ones. A study by G. Skoog and I. Skoog (1999) established that the meory and learning aspects are affected when treating the condition. It remains unethical to manually interfere with peoples’ intelligence. The key finding is that the manipulation of the human brain raises ethical concerns regarding the treatment of OCD.

Group Approaches

The Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been found to be effective when dealing with disorders of this nature (Colas, 1998). Under the therapy, a patient is predisposed to a situation which triggers obsessive thoughts. From such exposure, the patient would learn gradually how to put up with anxiety by resisting the temptation to behave compulsively. Combining the CBT and the medications mentioned above would be more helpful than adopting any one given approach alone.

Psychotherapy is allso helpful in providing effective approaches to reducing stress and anxiety. In addition, the approaches are instrumental in the pursuit of inner peace as they allow for the resolution of inner conflicts.

OCD is associated with long-term complications that emerge out of the compulsions and obsessions (Wilson & Veale, 2005). By way of illustration, washing hands repeatedly is likely to lead to skin breakdown. Nevertheless, it should be understood that the disorder does not lead or progress to another disease. It is advisable to seek help from health care providers whenever the symptoms associated with the disorder appear to disrupt the daily lives or social relationships of the victims. Regarding prevention, it should be understood that no possible solutions exist, although taking the highlighted interventions presents an avenue to redress the problem.

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