Archive for the ‘Neurosis & Stress’ Category

Obsessive-compulsive disorder diagnosis

January 8, 2016

TORE (for obsessional symptoms)

  • Thought or act resisted unsuccessfully
  • Own thoughts in the patient’s mind (i.e. not psychotic)
  • Repetitive and unpleasant obsessions (thoughts, images or impulses)
  • Ego-dystonic – the patient does not enjoy these thoughts and finds them distressing

ICD-10 criteria. Obsessional symptoms or compulsive acts (or both) present on most days of the week for longer than 2 weeks. There needs to be associated distress or interference with activities as a result.


Phobia symptoms

July 13, 2015


  • Fear of a specific object or situation
  • Evasion of said fear
  • Anticipation anxiety e.g. if knows will be exposed to phobia
  • Restlessness and anxiety when exposed

Obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms

July 5, 2015

Having OCD is MURDER

  • Mind – patient aware symptoms arise in the mind
  • Unpleasant thoughts
  • Resist – patient must want and try to resist obsessive thoughts
  • Displeasure of feeling the obsession
  • Ego-dystonic
  • Repetitive thoughts

Five stages of grief

November 22, 2014


  • Denial
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance


Wikipedia source here

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis

February 4, 2014


  • Traumatic event that would cause stress in any individual
  • Reliving/re-experiencing event e.g. flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive thoughts
  • Avoidance of things similar to event
  • Unable to function e.g. socially, work
  • Memory affected – inability to recall (partial or complete) important aspects of the event
  • Arousal symptoms e.g. hyper-vigilance, startle reaction, irritability, poor concentration, poor sleep

Symptoms arise within 6 months (ICD-10) or 1 month (DSM-V)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) features

March 24, 2011


  • Insomnia – usually with nightmares (nocturnal flashbacks).
  • Flashbacks – vivid reliving of trauma.
  • Avoidance – of activities or events that resemble the traumatic event.
  • Hypervigilance – autonomic hyperarousal and enhanced startle reaction.
  • Emotional blunting – emptiness or numbness alternates with…
  • Anxiety (intense) – experienced at similar events to trauma or anniversary of event.
  • Detachment (emotionally) – from other people.