Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder on the Tyra show

Tomorrow's episode of the Tyra show (10:00 a.m. on NBC for those in the Seattle area) will focus on people affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. I have no idea how informative her interviews will be, but as someone who has worked for over a year with someone affected by OCD, I must say I have a lot of respect for OCD and those affected by it. By "respect" I mean that OCD uses some rather ingenius tactics to get people to do what it wants them to do; to do anything counter to OCD is an act of great bravery. The "voice" of OCD is very compelling and hard to resist. It may warn someone that something terrible will happen, someone they love may get sick or even die if one doesn't do what OCD demands. The "voice" of OCD often appears in childhood and can remain with someone long into their adult years. For those looking for resources on the subject, I recommend the book "The Sky is Falling" by Raeann Dumont. It is an insightful and practical narrative on one woman's work with people (primarily adults and some children) whose lives are greatly affected by OCD and the steps they took in order to take a courageous stand against OCD and its demands. It's a must-read for anyone seeking to understand OCD and other forms of anxiety and phobias better.

No comments: