O Christmas Tree

My Christmas decorations are up, and by gum the I am ready to don my yuletide gay apparel and be jolly and whatnot. There are candy canes alight in my yard, lights strung over my garage, and snowflakes glowing upon the side of my house. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care, and there are at least three Baby Jesus figurines lolling cherubically in ceramic mangers throughout my home. The wee Jesus dolls are all strangely white looking for Middle Eastern Jewish babies, but there is only so much I can do people....more

NaBloPoMo - Getting Rid of One Worry

Today’s Daily Prompt: if you could permanently get rid of one worry, what would it be?Wow, so that’s a loaded question to ask someone with OCD.  Just one? was my first thought…...more

Emotional Eating: 5 Tips For Overcoming Binge Eating

The temporary gratification from going on a binge has wreaked havoc on the healthy of millions of woman. Many binge eaters are so skilled, or unaware of the damage of their decisions, they can suffer in silence for years without ever receiving any professional assistance. Binge eating can be a form of obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD.  It can also be a symptom of food addiction, depression and is a key symptom of bulimia....more

Brain stimulation for OCD turns man into a huge Johnny Cash fan! (seriously)

File this under B for "bizarre."A 59-year-old man who received deep brain stimulation for his severe obsessive compulsive disorder (in the Netherlands) had great success. After 6 weeks he was "very confident, calm and assertive" and even started to refer to himself as "Mr. B. II" because he thought of himself as being new and improved....more

Sorry, I Can't Hear You Over the Voices in my Head

Anyone feel so consumed by their own thoughts that the outside world disappears?  That's how I feel on a regular basis, and it ain't great.  I become so wrapped up in the incessant voices in my head that keep prodding me to worry or engage in repetitive thoughts, that I don't hear when people are talking to me.  I've noticed that my memory is becoming worse, too.  It wasn't great to begin with, but I can't remember things that have happened incredibly recently, why I went to a room to get something, or the question I was about to ask someone.  I have little to no re...more

Zoe vs. Hide-and-Seek

Hide-and-Seek used to be simple. When Zoe was a baby, I'd put a blanket over her head (or my head) then remove it and say, "Peek-a-boo!" It was a big hit. As she got older she initiated the game. She'd get under the blanket herself or maybe even hide behind a piece of furniture....more

Hello Neurosis, How I've Missed You

Fueled by caffeine and neurosis, I have spent the last couple weeks battling the repercussions of quitting breastfeeding.  Repercussions you say?  Why, what repercussions other then the opportunity to drink mad amounts of coffee and suddenly finding yourself no longer able to produce cleavage could there possibly be??...more

ADHD v/s TIDY

I had a few brief years of tidy shortly after college. That evaporated the minute I met my now-husband,Sweet Babou. It turns out Sweet Babou is a force of nature that destroys tidiness. It's worse now that I have presented him with three little female clones of himself. Tidy doesn't love me anymore, and won't return my calls....more

I Refuse to Let Anxiety and OCD Hold Me Back

     There have been so many times that I've wanted to just give up and give in to my anxiety.  To use it as an excuse to not have to deal with anything.  Is it sad that I've thought about how freeing it would be to just accept my OCD and not try to deal with it, not try to live a normal life?...more

Mothering with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

One of my biggest fears is that I will somehow pass my OCD on to my children.  That they will see my checking and rechecking the doors, windows, oven and refrigerator before I leave the house or before bed.  That they will notice that I need to wash my hands whenever I touch the spatula that I am using to cook meat on the stove or the agitation I experience when having to take them into a public restroom.  I fear that they will think all these compulsions are a normal way of life and start to have a need to do them themselves....more