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We Need To Listen

  For the next few weeks I will be reposting some of my older entries. This one first appeared in March of 2013: After my son Dan was diagnosed with OCD, I was determined to do whatever I could to … Continue reading

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OCD and Depression

When my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder was severe, he was also clinically depressed. I didn’t find this surprising in the least. He spent many days just lying on the floor, and he could barely eat. Even when he was somewhat … Continue reading

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OCD, Tics, and Tourette Syndrome

When my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder was at its worst, he developed facial contortions, or twitching, as well as some noticeable tics. As if having severe OCD wasn’t frightening enough! As it turns out, tics and Tourette syndrome are not … Continue reading

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OCD, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Treatment

I recently read this article on social anxiety, and it struck me how many of the examples listed reminded me of my son Dan when his OCD was severe. Those with social anxiety disorder are typically terrified of how others … Continue reading

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A Mom Like Me

Through my blog, I connected with Marlene, whose son Oliver, at nineteen, was the same age as Dan when his OCD was at its worst. Like me at the time, Marlene learned everything she could about OCD, talked with every … Continue reading

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OCD is Messy

I follow a number of blogs written by OCD sufferers, and the more I read, the more I realize how complicated, confusing, and unpredictable OCD can be. I know a fair amount about the disorder. My son has OCD and … Continue reading

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Activation Syndrome

  You know how they have those commercials on TV for SSRI’s (antidepressants)?  There’s usually a person by themselves, gazing out of the window and looking depressed. Fast forward after taking the advertised medication, and this same person is out and … Continue reading

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