Well, I watched ABC News “20/20” on Friday night, and hope some of you got to see it as well. My main reason for blogging has always been to spread the word that OCD, no matter how severe, is treatable, and to let others know that exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy is the frontline treatment for the disorder. “The Children Who Break Away” episode did these two things wonderfully (and reached a far wider audience than I ever could) and so I was thrilled with the program.
The young people profiled were so brave to share their struggles, and I have a feeling I wasn’t the only one crying at the end, when we find out that they are all currently doing very well. They still have OCD, but they have the tools to fight it. They are all forging ahead and living full, rich lives.
Typically, one of the more difficult aspects in dealing with OCD is getting the right diagnosis, and the right treatment. For many, it takes years. By the time we meet the young people in “The Children Who Break Away,” they are all receiving the proper treatment. My hope is that many OCD sufferers (or their parents, other family members, or friends) saw this show and either realized, “Hey, I’m on the right track,” or “I’m not getting the right therapy for my OCD.” Either way, the message is clear: There is HOPE. OCD is treatable.
The show touched upon some promising research involving glutamate, and I would have liked to have learned more about that. Perhaps they will do a follow-up program on cutting edge research on OCD. In the meantime, I’ll try to do some of my own research on these studies, and report back to you.
For those of you who did not get to see the program, you can check out this link:
On the site, it says the entire program is available online one week after it airs. So I’d suggest checking it out some time after May 30th.
If you watched the show, or if you end up seeing it online, I’d love to hear your opinion of it!