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Psychopathology – Anxiety

4. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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In this module, we think about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and its relation to anxiety. We begin with a definition of OCD as a condition involving obsessive thoughts which cause feelings of anxiety and compulsive behaviours which sufferers must carry out to relieve their anxiety. Next, we discuss some examples of obsessive thoughts or images that might enter into the mind of an individual suffering from OCD, such as excessive worry about disease, contamination or death. Finally, we explore different compulsive behaviours that individuals with OCD engage in and which can take the form of rigidly orchestrated, hour-long rituals which significantly impact the individual’s life and relationships.


In this course, Prof. Femi Oyebode (University of Birmingham) discusses anxiety and anxiety-related disorders. In module one, we explore the general nature of emotions and how we experience them, before moving on to think about anxiety and anxiety disorders more specifically in module two. The remaining modules are dedicated to different types of anxiety-related disorders and stress-related conditions. We discuss phobias, including specific phobia, social phobia and agoraphobia, in module three. Module four looks at obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and its relation to anxiety, while module five focusses on stress-related conditions such as acute stress disorder (ASD), adjustment disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Professor Oyebode is an expert in descriptive and clinical psychopathology. He is an authority on the cognitive neuropsychiatry of delusional misidentification syndromes and on other rare and unusual psychiatric syndromes. He is the author of Sims’ Symptoms in the Mind: textbook of descriptive psychopathology. This is the leading English language text on psychopathology and has been translated into Estonian, Italian, Korean and Portuguese He is also a recognised expert in medical humanities writing about the value of literature to medicine.

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Oyebode, F. (2019, November 20). Psychopathology – Anxiety - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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