Tag Archives: mental illness

OCD and Important Decisions

Is it just me, or does life sometimes seem like a series of decisions? Should I do this, go there, buy that? Many of our daily decisions are made with little to no thought given to them, and are unlikely … Continue reading

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OCD and ADHD

One of my most controversial posts, written almost two-and-a-half years ago, talks about the connection, or lack thereof, between obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder. To me, these disorders have always seemed to be the complete opposite of each … Continue reading

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Dan Versus OCD

At the time my son Dan’s OCD was at its worst, he had not eaten in over a week. I flew down to be with him at his college, and though he was only two weeks away from completing his … Continue reading

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OCD and Siblings

Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects not only sufferers, but their whole family as well. Being privy to the havoc the disorder often causes can be especially disrupting, confusing, and upsetting to children. While parents are likely expending every ounce of energy they … Continue reading

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Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is a New York-based nonprofit organization that has awarded nearly $300 million in mental illness research grants since 1987 to scientists around the world.  They are “committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental … Continue reading

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Lighten Up

Parents whose children suffer from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder are often devastated and heartbroken. Their formerly happy, loving, well-adjusted son or daughter is now barely functioning, caught up in a world dictated by obsessions and compulsions. To make matters worse, mothers … Continue reading

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OCD, Friends, and Isolation

To me, one of the most heartbreaking aspects of Dan’s descent into severe obsessive-compulsive disorder was his progressive isolation from his friends.  Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence for those with OCD, and it can become a vicious cycle. OCD … Continue reading

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