Exposure therapy and response prevention are the treatment choices for people with OCD.
Case study: Peter
Peter is a 21-year-old man referred for assessment after recently losing his job. Peter reports this was due to frequently being late to work due to repeatedly needing to check his electoral switches before leaving the house. Peter reports he fears if he does not check the switches in a specific order that his house will catch fire and he will die. Peter reports his obsessional thoughts and checking behaviours often means he cannot achieve what he needs to in the day.
A Discuss the aetiology of anxiety disorders and the specific risk factors that may have predisposed Peter to developing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (250 words
B Exposure therapy and response prevention are the treatment choices for people with OCD. Describe what these therapies are and analyse how this may be useful in the long term treatment of Peter’s OCD
C When Peter does not engage in the checking rituals he can experience extreme feelings of panic. Describe what a panic attack is and discuss two (2) nursing management techniques that can be used to support Peter (200 words)