Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

We have all, at one time or another, harmlessly teased a friend for their constant need for everything to be perfect or for their urge to repeatedly wash their hands. However, these seemingly innocent actions can be a part of a serious mental disorder that is often misunderstood by people who do not have the condition. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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What is It?

People who suffer from OCD don’t necessarily see the world the way everyone else does. They fear touching certain objects, such as a doorknob or desk ,because it might be contaminated with some sort of virus. As a result, people with OCD are caught constantly sanitizing their hands. From their perspective, it’s a precaution against getting sick. They also might

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Causes

The two known main causes of OCD are biological and psychological. According to researchers in the biological factor, the chemical serotonin in the brain seems to play a huge role in patients with OCD. It is a neurotransmitter that controls one’s mood, sleep, appetite and pain. Serotonin is also thought to regulate anxiety. Therefore, miscommunication in the brain assists in

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Treatment

It is believed that less than 10 percent of people who have OCD have received treatment. Many know that they have a disorder but are too embarrassed or afraid to seek help, while others are simply not bothered enough by their symptoms to try to find it. There are various support groups, therapy techniques, medicine regimens, mood stabilizers and, in

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You Are Not Alone

What symptoms of OCD do you experience? My compulsion is the need for everything to be organized. I have lists of things that I want to accomplish in the near future. Currently on my lists, there are reminders to buy products, hem my jeans and to put together a scrapbook. Also, I have a separate list of long-term stuff that

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Baseball Strives for Sixth Consecutive League Title

VINCENT LIN Co-Sports Editor As the springtime feeling makes its way into our bloodstreams and refreshes our spirits, excitement surges through the Moor athletics fandom as its baseball team sets foot on the diamond again. Reaching a 5-peat championship last year, the celebrated varsity baseball team seeks to further its record with a sixth consecutive Almont League title for the

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Good News Keeps Coming for Two Wrestlers

SHANNON HO Staff Writer The AHS athletics teams have always been a strong force at competitions and last week’s California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championships for wrestling serve as further proof that the team possesses great talent and drive. Senior Abel Avila and junior Hugo Perez placed very well in the CIF championships and even managed to secure high spots in

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Swim Ends Preseason 4-1 Despite Problems

SHANNON LI Staff Writer Along with a new season comes new coaches for the Alhambra swim team. This year, Sarah Duran, Nathan Duran and Priscilla Perez replace former coaches David Jauregui and Jose Molina. “Having new coaches affects the team in a good way and a negative way. There’s a new kind of structure, but some of the students are

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Boys’ Tennis

Boys’ Tennis The boys’ varsity tennis team enters the 2010 season on a positive foot. With a 4-3 preseason record, and their latest victory against Pasadena on March 16 with a score of 16-2, the Moors are displaying their potential for a hopeful season. Head Coach Jeff Levie is no amateur when it comes to coaching Alhambra tennis. With more

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