Saturday, January 31, 2009

You Are Not Alone

I hope that if you are suffering with OCD you will be able to be comforted in the fact that you are NOT alone. Many people don't understand what OCD is and the rituals and strange behaviors can seem really bizarre. I used to be extremely embarrassed about my rituals and I hid my OCD for years. I felt alone and isolated. I want you to know that there is hope and help out there, and you don't have to feel isolated.

We are fortunate to live in a time where great strides are being made in the medical field. The good news is that the future of people with OCD looks bright and promising. There are many different ways to control Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It is like any other chronic medical condition that can be put into remission. Like alcoholism, OCD has to be taken on a day- to-day basis. It is important for every OCD sufferer to know that they are not alone in their suffering, and there is freedom from this seemingly inescapable prison of the mind. I admire each of you who have to deal with OCD, and I write this for you. I hope that suffering people will reach out to this site and share their experiences. If anyone would like to tell their story, I look forward to hearing from you.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Me and Many Others Have OCD

My name is Bess Cunningham and I have been researching for many years in order to find out how to control my OCD, which I have had since childhood. From as early as I can remember, very disturbing thoughts and impulses that I did not understand have continually plagued me, causing much distress and limiting my ability to function. As a child, I could not explain this, and as an adolescent, I was embarrassed and isolated due to thoughts that caused irrational and bizarre behaviors. I couldn’t comprehend what was happening to me, nor could I find relief or treatment.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder causes many people to feel desperate, hopeless and forlorn. They are bewildered by their symptoms and misunderstood by friends and family. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, OCD afflicts about 2.3% of the US Population, ages 18 to 54. Approximately 3.3 million Americans have OCD in a given year. The disorder is found uniformly among men, women, children, and people of all races and socio-economic backgrounds. OCD typically begins during adolescence or early childhood; at least one third of the cases of adult OCD began in childhood. OCD cost the US 8.4 billion dollars in 1990 in social and economic losses, nearly 6% of the total mental health bill of 148 billion dollars. Due to the hidden nature of the disorder, it has been estimated that the number of cases is much higher.