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OCD and Hyper-responsibility

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.

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Seasonal OCD?

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 →

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OCD and Imaginal Exposures

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 →

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OCD and Optogenetics

University of Pittsburgh researcher, Dr. Susanne Ahmari, is using optogenetics to study obsessive-compulsive disorder. In optogenetics, scientists insert genes for light-sensitive proteins into the brains of animals. They can then control and study neurons which have been genetically sensitized to light. Continue reading →

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OCD and Apologizing

I’ve previously written about my son Dan’s tendency to apologize, and how I didn’t initially realize this was a compulsion – a form of reassurance to make sure all was okay. As is often the case, especially in my early … Continue reading →

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Thoughts on support groups for mental illness

In the past several months, I’ve been trying out peer support groups, both online and offline, as part of a personal exploration for treatment. As a teenager, I was forced to go to therapy and counseling which I did not take seriously. As an adult, I’m grateful for my family’s attempts to get me adequate support. It’s nice to finally be able to seek help on my own terms. Continue reading →

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Finding allies

So I’ve been having writer’s block lately. There’s a lot to write about. I have been attending tech meetups and mental health support groups throughout the city – seeing new faces and hearing new stories. I start writing about one thing and it spirals into another and becomes an incoherent mess. I save drafts because I don’t want words to go to waste. My writing graveyard is definitely larger than my code graveyard. Continue reading →

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Unplugging

These last few weeks have been really stressful for me, and for many reasons too. After sharing my previous post with my peers, I quickly learned that there a lot people who you barely know that will be a friend and support you. There also many people who you consider as friends who will disapprove or even avoid you. Continue reading →

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