Tag Archives: compulsions

Secretly Debilitated by OCD

I’ve written before about the severity of my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder. How it was so bad he couldn’t eat. How he’d get stuck sitting in one particular chair, hunched over with his head in his hands, for hours at … Continue reading

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Freedom from OCD

When he was dealing with severe obsessive compulsive disorder, my son Dan spent nine weeks in a residential treatment program. During this time, he kept saying that he “wanted his freedom back.” I wasn’t sure if he was talking about … Continue reading

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What If the What Ifs Come True?

In browsing OCD forums and blogs, I have come across some posts that, on the surface, seem to demonstrate that OCD makes sense. In one post, a woman talked of having to perform a certain set of rituals to keep … Continue reading

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OCD and Reassurance

One of the most common manifestations of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is the need for reassurance. “Are you sure it is okay if I do this or that?” “Are you sure nobody got (or will get) hurt?” “Are you sure something … Continue reading

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The Only Certainty is Doubt

OCD is often described as “the doubting disease,” but what does doubt have to do with obsessions and compulsions? In this OCD Chicago article by Dr. Fred Penzel, he explains: If obsessions are intrusive, unpleasant thoughts, compulsions are the mental … Continue reading

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Why Don’t I have OCD?

I was an anxious child.  The night before the first day of elementary school each year, I would sleep on top of my already made bed instead of getting under the covers. That way I wouldn’t have to make my bed … Continue reading

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Just Do the Opposite

When Dan was struggling with severe OCD, his compulsions and rituals were all done “to keep something bad from happening.” In his mind, if he moved from his chair, neglected to engage in all sorts of mental compulsions, or even ate, … Continue reading

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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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