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Today I’m sharing a post that originally appeared in June 2012:
One of the driving forces behind OCD is an inflated sense of responsibility, or hyper-responsibility. Those who suffer from hyper-responsibility believe they have more control over what happens in the world than they actually do.
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!
My son Dan’s OCD was at its very worst from around January-March of 2008. Exactly one year later we were almost, though not quite, back to square one. At this time, I sat in the psychiatrist’s office with Dan as the doctor talked about OCD often going in cycles. I was terrified. Was Dan slipping back to not being able to eat again? Continue reading →
As we know, exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy is the psychological treatment of choice for OCD. Basically, the person with OCD is exposed to his or her obsessions, feels the anxiety, and refrains from engaging in rituals to reduce the fear. It’s pretty straightforward for many types of OCD. Continue reading →
Well, we didn’t get off to the best start. The event planner had previously told me the bookstore typically orders twenty books for their author events. I told her I didn’t think that would be enough. So they ordered ten. No chairs were set up, and there was an actual rain shower in the event room from water leaking through the ceiling. Continue reading →
Yesterday’s book launch was a moving, amazing day for me. Hard to put into words, but I will try at some point. This week I’d like to share a post originally written in June, 2012: Continue reading →