Virtually everyone has experienced worries, doubts or fears at one time or another. OCD is characterized by obsessive thoughts, impulses, or images and compulsions overt or mental rituals that are difficult to suppress and take a considerable amount of time and energy away from living your life, enjoying your family and friends or even doing your job or school work. It tends to be genetic and symptoms often begin during childhood. A recent study showed that inflammation of the brain tissue was 32 per cent higher in the brains of OCD sufferers compared to others.
When I was twelve or thirteen, things started getting weird. I had to do everything an even number of times. I started worrying about germs a lot.
I worried about what other people were thinking about me. Including my tendency toward over-analysis. I did not know what was going on. That there was even a name for it.
Since then, things have gotten better. Germs are still an issue. I have come to terms with the fact that I think very differently than most people. Self-medication worked pretty well, but it almost killed me.
I even tried medication from the doctor. That did kill me. It took away the OCD, but it also changed my personality. My friend Rosanne Dingli recently wrote an excellent piece about writers and depression - http: She suggested I write about writers and OCD. Instead, I will write about one writer me and OCD.
Otherwise, I might have to do research or other distasteful things like interview real, germy people and shake their hands and…you get the idea.
I recently had an interesting conversation with a colleague of mine. We are both teachers.
I remarked to her that all the good teachers I have ever known have been weird. Weird in different ways, but weird nonetheless. We both share the affliction of having overactive minds.On Avoiding Writing this Essay Sometimes, unfortunately things have to get worse before they can get better.
It is currently late Saturday night, pm to be exact. I have been writing my thoughts down and recording them, and how high my anxiety is at the time. When I go back and read them, and see them in black & white - its like, OMG I would never do that! — Laptops for writing: If writing and rewriting/erasing is really problematic for a child, consider letting her use a laptop for taking notes, and having all assignments be typed instead of handwritten.
— Private testing rooms: Research is quite clear that kids with OCD do better, are less overwhelmed and are A Teachers Guide to OCD. Mar 18, · This entry was posted in Betterment and tagged anxiety disorder, backtracking, handwriting, happiness, mental health, obsessive compulsive behaviour, obsessive compulsive disorder, OCD, steps to sanity, writing on March 18, by Nancy.
When OCD symptoms are present, it’s important to consult a mental health professional who is knowledgeable about OCD for evaluation and treatment.
OCD Research and Findings Doctors and researchers are divided on what causes OCD but many believe OCD is the result of abnormal brain circuitry function. Sarah, your comments about your writing problems cover a very common area of OCD for many sufferers. As you can imagine, many people have dropped out of school as the result of these issues.