Mademoiselle F Essay

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Mademoiselle F, as she is known, was an eighteen year old girl who frequently visited her affluent and elderly aunt. One time when she was visiting she was gripped by the sudden fear that she had taken something from the house without her aunt’s permission. At first, she tried to not wear her apron so that she would not have pockets to stick things in, but soon she became afraid that she was putting possessions in her shoes, hair, and hands. Mademoiselle F began a vigorous ritual of shaking out her shoes, thoroughly combing her hair, undressing and redressing, shaking out her hands, and then forcing her chambermaid to check Mademoiselle for her, just to be safe. This vigorous process exhausted her, and she soon brought herself to French psychiatrist J.E.D. Esquirol, who wrote down her case for us to read today. He was the one who referred to her as Mademoiselle F, as well as the first person to call her mentally insane. In reality, Mademoiselle F suffered from OCD, but she was soon brought to a mental institution for her compulsions and behaviors. While discoveries of and treatments for OCD have developed greatly since the first recorded case of OCD, people with this disorder still feel …show more content…

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