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Theoretical models of obsessive-compulsive disorder and practitioners view on them

Nika Bošnjak (2013) Theoretical models of obsessive-compulsive disorder and practitioners view on them. Diploma thesis.

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    In the theoretical part of the thesis i will present the most important features of anxiety disorders, functionality and non-functionality of anxiety and in relation to that, the difference between anxiety and anxiety disorder. I will also present the factors and symptomatology of discussed disorders. I will treat the theoretical basis of anxiety and theories concerning the causes of anxiety, which will be thoroughly researched in the chapter where obsessive compulsive disorder is presented. I will introduce different types of anxiety disorders, which will lead us to the central part of the thesis - obsessive compulsive disorder. Apart from introducing the mechanisms of activty i will mainly focus on theoretical explanations of the disorder, through which i will also present different causes and treatments. In the empirical part of my thesis, i will present the analysis of the interview done with a psychotherapist, that works with the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and her insight into the mechanism of disorder functioning, theoretical models, causes, treatment and curability. In the interpretation of results i will present the interviewee`s answers, and connect and compare them with the results of theoretical research. The therapist`s opinion is mostly in accordance with the findings of other experts, which are introduced in the theoretical part of the thesis. The interviewee has expressed a positive attitude towards psychoanalytic, cognitive, cognitive-behavioral, and biological model. She exposed the cognitive-behavioral model as the most successful one. She has highlighted the psychoanalytic approach, which she uses herself, and which she also evaluates as a successful one. The interviewee did not agree with the basic position of general cognitive deficit, but her opinion on the theoretical models of the disorder, is in accordance with the other experts. The cognitive-behavioral model has been evaluated as successful by the majority of authors, (for example Jenike, Baer and Minichiello, 1998, in Jenike 2004; Taylor, Abramowitz and McKay, 2007) oppose to the model of cognitive deficit which is usually evaluated as unsuccessful (for example Salkovskis and Kirk, 2007). The therapist accentuated, that the causes of obsessive compulsive disorder are still unclear, which is in accordance with the findings of experts from different areas, researching the obsessive compulsive disorder. As an efficient treatment, the therapist exposed a combination of pharmatherapy and psychotherapy; and as an efficient type of psychotherapy he exposed the psychoanalytic therapy, the cognitive-behavioral therapy and the logotherapy.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, therapeutic approach, case study
    Number of Pages: 90
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Alenka KoboltMentor
    asist. dr. Tomaž VecComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9851465)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1904
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2013 08:18
    Last Modified: 07 Nov 2013 08:18
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1904

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