Macbeth's Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Case Study

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After carefully reading the case study for Lady Macbeth and thoroughly processing the DSM-5 and eliminating all other possible diagnosis, I determined that she properly fits the DSM-5 criteria for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (F42). Some key evidence that directed me to diagnosed Lady Macbeth with this disorder will be, in the morning while getting dressed, she gets afraid that there are germs all over her clothes and things, which causes her to stand and shake the germs off her for half an hour. She also washes her hands before doing anything. If she was going to wash her face, she will wash her hands first and if she was going to get dressed, she washes her hands first before getting dressed. She also stated that washing her hands wasn’t enough, she sometimes used rubbing alcohol. Another evidence that led me to formulate this diagnosis, is that she read something and if she really did not understand it, she would read it over one more time and then, say it out load, one last time to make it three times because three was her lucky number. Lady Macbeth reported that if she was around friends, she forgot about most of the things she obsessed about, but when she was alone, her…show more content…
She stated that she was aware that her grandmother was old and was not going to be around much longer but, was worried that maybe something that she did could cause her to get sicker. Lady Macbeth stated the she woke up 6 a.m. to get ready for school and she didn 't have any time to brush her hair or ate breakfast due to her obsession of washing her hands to get rid of germs. The DSM-5 diagnostic criteria B for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (F42) states that the obsessions or compulsions are time-consuming (e.g., take more than 1 hour per day) or cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning (American Psychiatric Association,

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