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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Time Magazine Discusses OCD

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my Time Magazine this evening and found a writeup on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I devoured the article quickly and finished it somewhat unsatisfied. I was happy to receive some new information, but the presentation was lacking some information as well.

The article did broaden my definition of OCD. The article outlined the most common expressions of OCD and listed two that I was unfamiliar with: Relationship Substantiation and Obsessive Hypochondria. (Time Magazine left out "checking" as a common expression of OCD, however.) Time indicates that Relationship Substantiation is "A compulsive search for tiny but disqualifying flaws in a partner or spouse." Also, Time writes that Obsessive Hypochondria goes beyond ordinary hypochondria in that the sufferers will have "what-if" worries about a doctor's misdiagnosis or other medical errors.

Time's discussion of managing OCD seemed to be heavily weighted on Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy. Other than trying this myself, I've never had any therapist even mention this type of therapy. I don't know if this is an oversight on my therapists' part or on Time's part.

Time also mentioned some up-and-coming biological approaches to combating OCD such as new drugs that decrease secretion of glutamate (a brain chemical that stimulates signalling among neurons) and more invasive treatments with brain-embedded electrodes.

Even though the article was a bit lacking in information, it was worth the read and was a great jumping-off point for more personal research.

43 comments:

Dr. Deb said...

Hmmm....your therapists should know what ERP is - but if they aren't aware, that can be a good thing for you to know. It means that you need to find a specialist who performs this treatment. I do not specialize in OCD treatment, and often refer patients to the local specialist.

Daily Dose said...

In my opinion, someone can write an aricle all they want about things, but unless you are going through it yourself - no one truly understands the illness at hand.

When I read articles from writers who are actually going throught the exact thing they are going through - that is when things make sense...Doe this make sense?

Tery - Peace of Mind

Rosie said...

Hello,

Thanks for the message you left some time ago on the Rosie OCD blog...I was trying to use it as some sort of "thought-diary" (as recommended by the nurse I see)...but I'm really not sure how much it helps, especially when I'm stuck in the middle of a ritual. at the moment I am quite tormented by repeating and symmetry rituals - but hey ho, I have been worse, and I'm trying to look on the bright side!
Of course you can put a link to my blog but as I say there's not much there at the moment! thanks for your blog.
Hope you're okay - Rosie

~b~ said...

Enjoying your blog. I have OCD and have a blog. It is reverseskate.blogspot.com

Ruth said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my

first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I

will keep visiting this blog very often.

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