OCD and Isolation

  While I’ve tried to keep a balanced view of OCD in other posts, there are some posts that will be less uplifting and cheery. (Go see the Good Parts of OCD for happier topics.) If you suffer from depression or have been suicidal, this might be the post you skip. While the symptoms of OCD vary, there is a […]

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OCD and Parenting

  In my family, the eldest girl in the family gets a specific middle name to pass to her eldest girl. The name went from my mom to me to my daughter. She’ll pass it to her oldest daughter. With any luck, it’s only the heritage of that name that’ll be passed directly because, thus far, OCD has been passed […]

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OCD and Intuition

  Somehow, I knew you’d come look at this post… Okay, I’m kidding. Sort of. This is a very YMMV (your mileage may vary) characteristic among those with OCD, even if it seems to crop up frequently. In a previous post, I mentioned that there are a few fictional detectives with OCD characteristics. (See OCD in Fiction.) I think the […]

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OCD and Addiction

  I’m an addict. I have been as long as I can remember. My addictions vary. Sometimes, it’s not too terrifying. I was addicted to Angry Birds for a while. I had a beading (like jewelry) addiction for around a year. I become hooked on certain book genres and throw money at Amazon. When I was a new mom, I […]

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OCD in Fiction

  Recently a friend and I were talking on Twitter about the movie “Sleeping with the Enemy.” In the movie, Julie Roberts’ character escapes from an abusive, controlling husband by faking her death. My friend mentioned that the husband, in a later scene, cuts his hand and while in the bathroom sees her wedding ring in the toilet. He reaches […]

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OCD and Phobias

  It was Halloween day…not the most convenient day to die by any means–especially not with young kids who wanted to be trick-0r-treating, but my husband came home to deal with the kids because I was sure I was dying. It was a heart attack or anaphylaxis or something related to my recent return to medicating my OCD. I couldn’t […]

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OCD and Stigma

  A stigma is a social mark of disgrace associated with something or a negative set of beliefs assigned to a condition. Mental health has its own overriding stigma that can blanket someone dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Oh, you have a mental illness? Well, naturally, you’re unbalanced, out-of-control, and violent. One of my children has chosen to drop the autism […]

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OCD Awareness Posts

  The second week in October is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Awareness week.  If you’ve missed my previous OCD posts: OCD and Dark Thoughts OCD and Cutting OCD and Agoraphobia OCD and Medication OCD and the Real Me OCD and Going Mad OCD and Superstition OCD and Suicide OCD and Insomnia Pure-O -My type of OCD OCD and Comorbid Conditions OCD and […]

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First 1000 words of Keeping Time

  Ruin hated the years he ended up in the hospital on New Year’s Eve. It should be easier to take the life of someone who was already dying, but being surrounded by others just waiting their turn seemed like a cruel trick the Fates played on him. It reiterated that Ruin wasn’t a benevolent helper every day of the […]

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First 1000 Words of Taking Time

  Bored. “Bored. Bored. Bored.” And he had no confidence whatsoever that tonight would alleviate his condition. Tempus glanced around him at the mortals getting drunker and less interesting by the second. Why squander minutes, let alone hours, in this condition when both were numbered? Especially if you were Joseph Toulouse, age fifty-nine, in the ballroom of this quaint little […]

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