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Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is basically an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce apprehension, fear, uneasiness or worry by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety. Unnecessary repetition of activities such as washing, cleaning, and hoarding during the day or being preoccupied with thoughts of coitus, violence, and religious ideologies as well as disgust of specific numbers are the main hints of a person suffering from OCD.
OCD is a treatable disease. With adequate therapy and correct counseling by experienced psychiatrist and physicians, the intensity of the disease can be decreased in little time. Effective treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder are now easily available, and fresh researches are yielding new and improved therapies that can help people with OCD and other anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives.
Some doctors even say that Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) can also help in eliminating the disease. Dr. Breen of Southern California insisted that he has been successful in treating two patients with OCD via medical Marijuana. He shared, “Today I had two patients who have been successfully treating their symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder with medical marijuana. One was a 46-year-old man whose symptoms are primarily having 'to check things all the time.' He explained having to walk back to his car all the time to check his door locks etc. The second was an 18-year-old male who had the compulsion to try and touch the ceiling in a room. In both cases their symptoms were disruptive to their daily lives.
Amazingly both had been using cannabis with god results to control their symptoms."
http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/9506003-ocd-can-be-treated-with-medical-marijuana-cannabisObsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is basically an anxiety disorder... more
February 18th, 2011
05:16 PM ET
For untreatable OCD, a deep-brain solution
Obsessive-compulsive disorder can be a severely disabling illness. People with this condition tend to have troubling, unwanted thoughts and engage in compulsive behaviors to try to neutralize those feelings.
About 2.2 million Americans over age 18 have it, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. But in some cases, no medical or behavioral therapy intervention works, and patients' lives become entirely consumed with anxiety and obsessive rituals.
A more radical solution for those who don't improve with conventional methods is gaining support. It's called deep brain stimulation, and it involves implanting an electrode deep into the brain to deliver an electrical current directly in the circuitry scientists believe is involved in the disorder.
Dr. Benjamin Greenberg, a psychiatrist at Brown University and at Butler Hospital, presented the latest results from his research on deep brain stimulation Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Deep brain stimulation therapy for OCD involves an implanted device designed to be worn for life, somewhat akin to a cardiac pacemaker for someone with heart problems, except the wires go through a hole in the skull into the brain instead of the heart, he says.
In the United States, there are about 60 or 70 patients who have had deep brain stimulation for OCD since 2000, Greenspan said. But the technology has been used for Parkinson's disease and other disorders; about 70,000 people have deep brain stimulation devices worldwide, said Michael Okun, neurologist at the University of Florida.
Greenspan is doing a small NIH-supported controlled trial to investigate deep brain stimulation. His newest results using Medtronic electrodes suggest in eight or more years of followup, patients who showed initial improvement and continued the deep brain stimulation have less severe symptoms than they did initially. It is not an instant cure, but it improves functioning, he said.
"They gain a lot more time in the day where what they’re doing is not OCD," he said.
A device slightly different from Greenspan's can be obtained under a U.S. Food and Drug Administration "humanitarian device exemption." That means when there are less than 4,000 patients yearly who have a specific condition - in this case, untreatable OCD - the FDA can approve a device for which research and development costs may be bigger than market returns if full clinical trials were run.
But the technique is still controversial. Dr. Joseph Fins, chief of medical ethics at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Hospital, argued that there is not enough evidence to support having this therapy approved, and that its approval is putting patients at risk, in addition to restricting further scientific inquiry and benefiting the device manufacturers.
There are also, of course, documented side effects. Whenever you put something in the brain, there can be bleeding, which can have transient or permanent side effects. The rate of these is low, but it's still possible, Greenberg said. Infection and seizures at the time of the operation are also possible, and there's even the potential for seizures to emerge later in treatment. Behavioral side effects may include too much energy and trouble sleeping. And when a battery dies or a wire breaks or the patient goes through a metal detector, OCD symptoms get worse, sometimes very suddenly.
Deep brain stimulation is about as effective as permanent surgeries involving making lesions in the brain, although that's still being studied, Greenberg said. The advantage of deep brain stimulation is that the device is removable and adjustable, so the electrical current can be changed to suit the individual's treatment. But about half of patients who could choose this route instead elect surgical lesions because permanent surgery doesn't require maintaining a device or remaining connected to a specialized treatment center.
Deep brain stimulation is also being used in depression, targeted at the same brain circuits: Connecting the front part of the brain with deeper regions. These circuits are recognized as being key to behavioral disorders. There's a lot of commonality in the pharmacological treatments used in OCD and other mood disorders already, so it makes sense that deep brain stimulation would also target the same areas, Greenberg said.February 18th, 2011 05:16 PM ET For untreatable OCD, a deep-brain solution... more
Police arrest parents over death of OCD woman whose phobia of germs was so severe she showered for 20 HOURS a dayPolice have arrested an elderly couple on suspicion of the manslaughter of their daughter – who had been left housebound by obsessive compulsive disorder.
Samantha Hancox, 40, was found dead in an armchair by frail parents Ken and Marion at their home in Tipton, in the Black Country.
A post-mortem revealed that the one-time law student – who had a crippling phobia of germs – died from dehydration and a skin infection.
Paramedics had been called to the house by her disabled mother Marion, 77, and father Ken, 76, who thought she was in a coma – but were told that she had died.
West Midlands officers later arrested the couple on suspicion of manslaughter. They are currently on bail while detectives continue an investigation into the death.
Former factory worker Marion said: 'How could they arrest us? We didn’t kill her, it was the OCD. She was our daughter and we loved her.
'She just gave up her fight against it, she was so terrified of germs.
'She would scrub her hands all the time and wouldn’t let anybody into the house except me and Ken.
'Ken would make all her food and drinks for her because I can hardly walk.
'It’s heartbreaking to lose a daughter like that, we loved her.'
Mr Hancox, who has bone cancer, has told of the heartbreaking moment when he realised he had lost his daughter, who had been eating less before her death.
'The night before I had given her a drink of pop and thought she was fine,' he said.
'I went in the next morning and thought she was sleeping.
'Later Marion checked on her and said she thought she was in a coma.
'We called the ambulance who looked at her, then the police came and there were about 30 of them here.
'Later we were taken to the police station and kept for seven hours while they questioned us.'
Samantha suffered from acute obsessive compulsive disorder, which gave her a crippling phobia of germs. She constantly scrubbed her hands and needed around-the-clock care from her elderly parents because she was too scared to cook.
The troubled woman would also shower for 20 hours a day and spent all her time cocooned in the front room watching TV.
She was Mr and Mrs Hancox's only child and enjoyed a normal early childhood growing up in Tipton.
But at the age of 10 she was badly affected by the death of her grandmother, Molly.
Mrs Hancox said: 'That really shook Sam up. Molly went into hospital but she never came out, she would have died anyway but Sam thought the hospital killed her.
'We lost a lot of relatives in a very short time and that is when it began.'
By the age of 14 Samantha’s condition was so serious that she had to leave school and was cared for at home by her parents.
Three years later she took her O-levels before she started studying law at Dudley College – but left before finishing her course when her phobia worsened.
'From the age of about 25 she got really bad,' added Mrs Hancox.
'She just stayed here in the house because she was too scared to go out.
'There was a fog in the house from her showering, she would be in there 20 hours a day sometimes, trying to get herself clean.'
Samantha died in May last year. She began to go downhill fast when her father went into hospital for four days in April to have an operation on his prostate.
Mr Hancox said: 'That was what made her really struggle because she thought I would bring germs home with me.
'When I went into the hospital she told me not use the lift, as she said I would get germs on my hands from the buttons. It killed me going up the stairs but I did it for her.
When I came out she had gone off her food, she used to eat lots and lots but she hardly ate anything, just a bit of pizza or quiche.'
Mr Hancox says he should have been given more help to care for his daughter by Sandwell Social Services.
'When I came out of hospital I should have been resting, I had a disabled wife and a sick daughter and no-one gave us any help,' he added.
'We couldn’t cope but no-one came to help us.'
Sandwell Council was unavailable for comment last night.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: 'We can confirm that a 76-year-old man and a 77-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and are currently on police bail, pending further inquiries.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1354184/Police-arrest-parents-death-OCD-woman-severe-germ-phobia.html#ixzz1DCsI6vFCPolice have arrested an elderly couple on suspicion of the manslaughter of their... more
THE FIRST DECISION
The two most important women in my life come from opposite ends of the privacy spectrum. My mother lived by old-world Italian reticence private to a fault. My wife is at home in the modern era, spilling every detail of our lives onto Facebook in real time.
Living between these extremes, the pros and cons of both styles jump out. There is dignity in privacy, in not broadcasting every trifle. At the same time, there is value in sharing, in using experience to learn from and teach others. Those opposites pulled at my decision as I pondered if I should write this. Do I tell you something I'd rather keep private? Or do I spill the ugly details?
I've decided to share. Why? Because of you of course. Yes, you. Reading this. You. Or maybe someone you know.
Because there is definitely a time when sharing beats silence, and that's if you can help people. Mom was all about helping people, so while I lean toward her style of privacy, I think she'd appreciate why I've decided to come out.
What I'm trying to tell you is I take an anti-depressant. Were you expecting me to say something else?
BACK SEAT DRIVERS FOR YOUR LIFE
Well I'm not gay (maybe metro, but not gay) and it seems that coming out as homosexual would present a whole different set of challenges than announcing you're medicated for depression. That said, I think I can sympathize. Depressed or gay, there are some interestingly similar responses from the ignorant.
In both cases, you're told it's a choice, that you can "get over it," that you're just being lazy, selfish or self-indulgent. Funny thing is, all those accusations invariably come from people outside the experience. Non-gay people tell gay people what being gay is like. Non-depressed people tell depressed people what being depressed is like. It's like having a back-seat driver for your life, for your entire being.
[ Full story at link.... http://larrynocella.com/blog1/2011/02/05/im-depressed-im-here-get-used-to-it/ ]THE FIRST DECISION The two most important women in my life come from opposite ends... more
Here are 50 famous sufferers of OCD who've managed to control their condition and find success in Hollywood, science, music, and other fields.
Link : http://www.nursingschools.net/blog/2010/10/50-famous-successful-people-with-ocd/Here are 50 famous sufferers of OCD who've managed to control their condition and... more
These obsessive compulsive disorder support blogs will help you cope with your own OCD tendencies if you notice them getting out of control and also give you the perspective of those who suffer from OCD so you can help loved ones who deal with it.
link: http://www.mastersincounseling.com/50-great-blogs-for-ocd-supportThese obsessive compulsive disorder support blogs will help you cope with your own OCD... more
(ABC News) Last year, 12-year-old Ryan Mendoza’s obsessive compulsive disorder became so bad, his mother said, that his triggers — the wind and spotting the number “6″ — would drive him to have crippling and violent meltdowns.
When Ryan Mendoza first was diagnosed with pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections, or PANDAS, a rare auto-immune disorder that causes severe OCD, Judy Mendoza never imagined she would rely on medicinal marijuana for her son’s well-being.
Shortly after Ryan’s first dose of medical marijuana, the boy already was showing improvement, his mother wrote on her Web site, M-Squared, which stands for Mama to Mama. He had been refusing to go to the beach for more than a year, terrified a tsunami would hit, Mendoza wrote. But the day after he took the medicinal marijuana for the first time, the family went to the beach and, like any ordinary 12-year-old, Ryan allowed his family to bury him up to his face in sand, his mother wrote.
This story will be featured on tonight’s ABC news program, “20/20” Friday at 10 p.m. ET.
http://www.opposingviews.com/i/mother-marijuana-helps-son-cope-with-severe-ocd(ABC News) Last year, 12-year-old Ryan Mendoza’s obsessive compulsive disorder... more
Documentary about OCD and the people who suffer from it. It includes interviews with two OCD sufferers and the head of psychology at a Glasgow based university. It explains what OCD is and how it effects people and explores the causes and treatments.Documentary about OCD and the people who suffer from it. It includes interviews with... more
People who suffer extreme forms of Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder (OCD) or other mental illnesses might have hope for a better future with an experimental surgery that cuts away parts of the brain, either with radiation lasers or actual drills, to short circuit the message pathways that cause the disorder.
Though some people have benefited from the brain surgery, others have had no change and one suffered brain damage. There's a strict selection process to find viable candidates for the surgery.
http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2009/11/26/health/research/27brain-graphic.htmlPeople who suffer extreme forms of Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder (OCD) or other mental... more
Tuesday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch or listen to the show here on CURRENT TV on Tues, Thurs & Sats.
In today's show :
Pick your own.
Second hand DVD's.
Pouring down with rain.
Facebook - "Chris Reardon London".
Come to Bracknell.
Always looking to blame someone.
I am the grim reaper.
School guinea pigs.
Shows in shops.
A total hunk.
How do you know your clutch is about to fail ?
120 sit ups.
It's fallen off.
I flush toilet chains.
He needs advice.
Salesmen watch out.
You never know who's watching.
Quality & value for money.
Below 13 stone.
Where can I get the "Borg alert" ?
WWW.UNITEDKINGDOMTALK.CO.UKTuesday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch or listen to the show... more
“Possessed” is a documentary that's a shocking depiction of people whose lives have been scarred by obsessive hoarding. “Possessed” enters the complicated worlds of four hoarders, people with everyday experiences that have become dominated by their relationships to possessions: mobile phones, books, food containers and pieces of paper.
The film raises the question of to what extent hoarding is a revolt against the material recklessness of consumerism, and to what degree it’s an obsessive symptom of mental illness. Even if you can’t relate to hoarding, you’ll still be fascinated and moved by the plight of the film's subjects. They're in different stages of both awareness and desperation, but all four are so straightforward and sincere that you can’t help but feel for them.
Includes a number of photographs and the absorbing documentary short film.“Possessed” is a documentary that's a shocking depiction of people... more