There, and Everywhere
This is a new page that I'll try to expand more fully
as time goes on.
"To be considered clinically significant, the obsessions or compulsions must
cause significant distress or interfere with the person's social or role
functioning and must occupy more than an hour per day. This however is
only a general guideline to recognizing the symptoms of OCD, since even
those with chronic OCD usually have a waxing and waning course (i.e., OCD
symptoms are not evident on a daily basis for a set amount of hours)."
Stanford School of Medicine - OCD Research -
- Obsessions and
Compulsions - is a list of common obsessions and compulsions,
compiled by the Interational OCD Foundation (IOCDF).
- Stanford School of Medicine - OCD Research -
OCD Symptoms -
provides a statistical break down of obsessions and compulsions.
- OCD Symptoms - "Expert
Advice on OCD Causes & Treatments ..." This site has a large
collection of articles on various aspects of OCD. The
Category has articles on different types of OCD.
- OCD Types - provides summaries
of (i) types of obsessions, (ii) types of compulsions,
and (iii) related disorders. There are additional articles
about treatment therapies, as well as a list of books and a small list
of therapists. I found the articles about the types of obsessions and
compulsions and treatment therapies the most useful.
- Peace of Mind Foundation -
founded by a severe OCD sufferer, Elizabeth McIngvale, has the entire
left column of its web site devoted to links to OCD types. Aside from
textual information about the different types of OCD, the site also
features videos by sufferers and therapists.
Contamination fears are the most common type of OCD and, with cognitive
behavioral therapy (CBT), one of the most easily treatable. People who
suffer from contamination fears are associated in the public mind with
germaphobes, but potential contaminants encompass a much wider range of
things than just germs. Contamination fears are particularly insidious
in that an object touched by a contaminant itself becomes contaminated,
and so on and so on.
- Clean Hands Campaign - is a
public education campaign sponsored by the American Society for
Microbiology. "According to the CDC, the single most important
thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness
to others is to clean our hands."
- HyGenius - is a commercial
"state-of-the-art hand washing control and verification system".
- "OCD in Egyptian Adolescents: The Effect of
Culture and Religion" (PDF) - Dr. Ahmed Okasha compares and
contrasts the effects of religion on OCD in the Moslem, Jewish,
Christian, and Hindu religions. While this scholarly paper is
not about contamination fears in particular, Dr. Okasha does note
that the nature of contamination fears is influenced by
one's culture and/or religion.
Also see the films, Housekeeping and Unstrung Heroes,
and numerous television shows about hoarding under
Tips to Overcome Hoarding (Curio Cabinet Spot) - has some useful
information about hoarding, its connection to OCD, ways to overcome it,
and some good links to other hoarding resources.
Anonymous (CLA) - uses a 12-step program (similar to Alcoholics
Anonymous) to overcome hoarding. "Our fellowship is based on
suggestion, interchange of experience, rotation of leadership
and service. CLA is not affiliated with any public or private
organization, political movement, ideology, or religious doctrine ..."
- Hoarding Pros - "We Are The
Hoarding Specialist In Michigan. Hoarding Help Is All We Do - That's
Why We Can Do It Best!" This company is run by Janet Kester, MSW,
LMSW, who offers counseling to hoarders and family members, whether
or not they choose to have the company clean their homes.
about Compulsive Hoarding - is a video put together by
Renae M. Reinardy, Psy.D., a specialist in hoarding.
- International OCD
Foundation Hoarding Center - has a lot of information on hoarding,
help and community services for hoarders, and other resources. The
page has a concise introduction to the different sections of the web
site. (Don't ask me why they didn't make the Welcome page the Home
page - who knows?)
- Rapid Responders
Cleaning Company - cleans and decontaminates filthy homes,
especially those of hoarders.
- Troubles with
Junk: A Guide to Compulsive Hoarding - summarizes the symptoms,
diagnosis, and treatment of hoarding; the web page also links to a
number of useful websites dealing with hoarding.
"Pure Obsessions" is considered by some as different than OCD in that there
are no visible compulsions. However, from my own experience, sufferers use
internal compulsions (i.e., mental rituals) to counteract the obsessions.
Defined and Described confirms my understanding.) Consequently, in my
unprofessional opinion, pure obsessions can be treated by the usual methods
for treating OCD.
- OCD and Religion - is my own web page.
Pure obsessions relating to one's religion are especially common
(e.g., scrupulosity). Dr. Lee Baer's book, The Imp of the
Mind, points out how the "imp" in your mind zeroes in on
whatever is near and dear to your heart and causes you to obsess
about that. A person of deep faith is likely to obsess that every
thought and action is blasphemous.
- The Other OCD - "A complete
resource guide to understanding and living with 'Purely-Obsessional'
OCD." This is a very content-rich web site - a must-visit for people
with pure obsessions (and even for those with any type of OCD).
"O" - is a film by Jennifer Goodwin about Pure Obsessions.
and order (English,
PDF) the DVD (and other OCD DVDs) from the
Quebec Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder Foundation. (The web site can be viewed in English or
French; the film itself is in English.)
Obsessional OCD (Wikipedia)