A Mother’s Account of Her Daughter’s O.C.D.

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.

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About Traci S. Williams-Nurse

Dr. Traci Williams-Nurse is a licensed psychologist who specialized in child, adolescent and family psychology. Her interests include child development, family functioning, video games and food. She was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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