I just read a mother’s account of her daughter’s diagnosis and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. She described her own history of mental illness and the feelings that came up when having to handle her child’s disorder.
Symptoms of OCD include:
- Having repeated thoughts or images about many different things, such as fear of germs, dirt, or intruders; acts of violence; hurting loved ones; sexual acts; conflicts with religious beliefs; or being overly tidy
- Doing the same rituals over and over such as washing hands, locking and unlocking doors, counting, keeping unneeded items, or repeating the same steps again and again
- Inability to control the unwanted thoughts and behaviors
- Not getting pleasure when performing the behaviors or rituals, but get brief relief from the anxiety the thoughts cause
- Spending at least 1 hour a day on the thoughts and rituals, which cause distress and get in the way of daily life.
You can read the story here: Facing a Daughter’s O.C.D. – NYTimes.com.