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Larry is a 25 year old male of European-Jewish heritage who seeks therapy for what he describes as "annoying habits that are making me late for work". He tells you that he has always had this fascination with numbers and often finds himself "counting my thoughts". He tells you that lately he finds himself doing things "in threes" and that he is compelled to lock the door three times before he leaves the house, drive in and out of his driveway three times before he leaves and circles the parking lot at work three times before he can park his car. When you ask him what would happen if he didn't do this, he tells you, "I really don't know but just your mentioning it makes me terribly anxious" while he blinks three times.

1. Using the information in the texts on cognitive behavioral therapy and obsessive-compulsive disorder, what are some of your thoughts about Larry?

2. Devise a behavioral experiment for Larry.

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task of putting together a 'review/reflection' of the case (see above) of OCD sufferer Larry (as described in the case description) as well as providing help and advise in putting together a behavioral experiment for same subject. resources are listed for further exploration of the topic. A word-version is attached.

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Dear Student,
Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. Now, what you are being asked to do here is provide an analysis of an OCD individual CBT. Also, you are being asked to provide a review. I suggest therefore the following outline:

1. A summary of the case - 100 words.
2. Information on the functions of CBT - 150 words.
3. CBT and OCD - what is usually the approach? 250 words.
4. Apply CBT to Larry's case - 300 words, 2 paragraphs, 150 each.

This should yield around 800 words which should provided a 3-page review following the usual 12 font size, Times New Roman, double space scenario. Good luck with your studies. The information below follows this outline and should get you started.

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones

Larry's Case

Jewish-European Larry is a 25-year old young man suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The information regarding his OCD came straight from Larry. He finds himself compelled to count and do ritualistic counting of his thoughts every day. A numbers guy, his obsession with his thoughts has led him to count them and this he concedes is 'annoying' because it makes him late for work. His latest compulsion is to things in 3s - locking the door 3 times, in and out of the driveway 3 times, circling the parking lot 3 times - these are just the many things he does in 3's. He concedes that it can easily appear in his other activities like saying things 3 times, washing his hair 3 times, for example. The compulsion with threes is exhausting for him which gets in the way of living a normal life. He does not understand what drives his behavior and he feels anxious if he attempts to stop.


CBT or cognitive-behavioural therapy is a type of psychological approach theory meant to solve dysfunctions and issues related to mental and emotional disorders. It is a type of talk therapy which is goal oriented and uses a systematic approach to providing solutions to 'at present' conditions. It combines behavioural and cognitive research which research shows (OCD UK, 2012) can alleviate mood, anxiety, personality, eating, substance abuse, and psychotic disorders. Behavior therapy is all ...

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