Monthly Archives: May 2011

Pure-O

As I’ve mentioned before, when Dan told me he had OCD my first comment was “But you never even wash your hands!” While that comment surely revealed my limited knowledge regarding the disorder, what I was really trying to say … Continue reading

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International OCD Foundation Conference

The International OCD Foundation is marking twenty-five years this year, and their eighteenth annual conference is scheduled for July 29-31, 2011 in San Diego, California. There is something for everyone of every age and there will be more than one … Continue reading

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Enough is Enough: Stop the meds

After the Vyvanse Crash of 2009, as it has come to be known in Dan’s story, we had no idea where to turn. Certainly not trusting his psychiatrist at this point, we brought him to a short-term mental health facility near his college. He stayed … Continue reading

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Trial and Error and Error

Just when we thought Dan had tried every possible type of medication to combat his OCD, his psychiatrist prescribed Vyvanse. It did help with Dan’s energy levels, as it is, after all, a stimulant.  But after taking it for a few … Continue reading

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A Happy, Healthy Mother’s Day

If you ask mothers what they want for their children, most would say, “I just want them to be healthy and happy.”  Truly, isn’t that what we all want? And so we do everything in our power to make this … Continue reading

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National Mental Health Month

May has been designated National Mental Health Month since 1949. Its purpose is to expand awareness of mental health issues so that we all can better cope with whatever mental health issues may come our way.  The focus for this year is on the … Continue reading

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Active Minds

The mental health of college freshmen is at an all-time low, and this occurrence is discussed in detail in this  New York Times article that came out a few months ago. I won’t go into why this is happening (though I definitely recommend … Continue reading

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