Category Archives: Uncategorized

OCD and Triggers (a foul word)—Avoid them, or Prepare for Them

Some of the most reliable triggers in our house for causing havoc, and from what many other moms have discussed with me being the most common “monsters” in their homes too, include holidays and birthdays.  These became feared “beasts” in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Energy “Use” in the OCD Brain-Very Interesting

I found this to be a real eye-opener for a disorder that seems to be otherwise intangible. I found this on one of the bazillions of informational  and treatment sites for OCD.  I’ve added a link to it below as … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Spoiled Baby or “Budding” Rituals?

As I mentioned, we’d already had a son with all of what we’d considered to be the “usual” high-energy”, “creative”,  “do it myself”, squeal in a restaurant, and won’t go to bed stuff and felt like he was turning out … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Baby OCD Rituals?

Toddlers with OCD haven’t learned about “germs” yet. Soooo… they don’t know the “right” way to have OCD (the hand-washing symptom that most people expect), but they know stuff around them just isn’t right and the people around them don’t … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

HAS to be Best

What a heavy burden to carry, to always HAVE to produce the most beautiful  or appealing craft, art, or piece of work. From the very beginning, for as long as I can remember with our daughter, every time any of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Kids With OCD and Letting Go…

For all these years, I’ve felt responsible for “remembering” events accurately, and feeling like I was “telling on” our little girl to her various doctors in order to learn how to help her, or teach her how to maneuver her … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Connecting With Your Doctors

There have been fewer things along our “journey” as critical as having a good relationship with our daughter’s psychiatrist.  Having her feel completely comfortable, knowing she can walk into his office and update him on exactly how she’s feeling, medication-wise, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Toddler with OCD

Not Just “Picky”! Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “C’mon-all little kids go through phases-quit ‘diagnosing’ the poor little thing!”  Well, this stuff was way too consistent and lasted just way too long to be a phase. First of all, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Adolescent Onset is More Common

A Friend’s “Short” Story With a Happy Ending I was talking with my friend this weekend and she was sharing with me about her son who, at around 13, experienced a sudden onset of OCD symptoms.  I know adolescents with … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Yup, It’s Hereditary!!

The reason I can speak with some level of authority on this topic is that I have many a memory from my own childhood of counting the strokes on my bicycle to make sure they came out even, and having … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment