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Obsessive Compulsive...
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Cindi    Posted 03-02-2003 at 13:03:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was walking around the house picking up and straightening up. The t.v. was on the discovery channel as it almost always is. I hear....'eight year old little girl is stuck to objects in her home', which gets my attention, as it should, so I stop to watch. This little girl suffers from OCD or obsessive complulsive disorder. She beleives that when she touches something, the faucet, etc, she is literally stuck and cannot free herself. If her arms rest on the sink while she's washing her hands, her arms become stuck and someone has to come and pull her loose.

Her parents speak of this like it is the most normal thing in the world. I don't know, maybe it's me, but if one of my kids called me from the other end of the house and said 'I'm stuck to the dresser', I think I would let them sort it out when they got hungry, thirsty, tired, had to go to the bathroom.

They went on to a mother who scalds her hands several times a day to be 'clean' before she touches her child, will not allow anyone else to touch her child, will not come near rubbish on the sidewalk worrying that he'll be contaminated. Seems to me like she needs a few more kids. That ought to straighten it out. Seems to me she is so obsessed with this child that if she had a couple more, she would have to compensate. How do you choose which child is worthy of this type of intense attention. It ain't possible.

I wonder if this is a chemical imbalance, a hormonal imbalance or a learned behavior. I am sure to get yelled at for this, but sometimes it seems to me that these 'illnesses' would not exist if there was no time to dwell on them. The 'clean' woman, wipes down her carpet daily with paper napkins. Most busy women today celebrate if they can find the time to vaccuum.

I think all of us have little idiosyncrasies (sp) from time to time and even little glitches that we do every day and don't think about. I think the danger begins when we start thinking about them. They also discussed hoarders. People who collect everything from used q-tips to clothes and stack stuff up so high that they have no room in their houses for furniture. Few weeks in a church shelter would probably make them right as rain.

Maybe I'm just impatient or cynical, but I think these folks would benefit greatly from a good freind. I understand fear of spiders, snakes, things that can hurt you, maybe even germs, to a degree, but how do you convince yourself that you're stuck to furniture. How does something like that get started, and even worse, accepted.
I just don't get it.


Redneck    Posted 03-03-2003 at 01:22:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Up close understanding of someone with a chemical imbalance is an eye opening experience.I always was a naysayer till I saw it firsthand.Scary.


Very Odd, never heard of that 'Stuck Thing'.....Jimbob nt    Posted 03-02-2003 at 18:23:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
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Cindi    Posted 03-02-2003 at 19:39:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I didn't either until today. I searched the web pretty intensively and couldn't find anything else on it, but it's coming on again at 1:00 and 3:00 a.m in case your a night owl on Discovery.health.


Renee    Posted 03-02-2003 at 16:05:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi, I'm with you. I think some people have too much time on their hands. There's usually some common sense remedy's. But the psychyrist's have to get rich.
Renee


Cindi    Posted 03-02-2003 at 16:10:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Them and the drug companies. I have to admit, though, the freind I helped with agoraphobia, I got a phone call form her shrink (can't spell sikiatrist) and he says don't stop what you're doing, it's working. I was pretty impressed. Course he was a clinic doctor working pro bono.


Taylor Lambert    Posted 03-02-2003 at 13:25:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had an aunt that did the same with bathing her child and wouldnt let her out in the dirt, and washed her hands constantly, she almost died 2 times because of a week immune system. Theres a lady down the road from my house that has a disoder where she carriers a spray bottle of clorox and sprays door knobs, shopping carts and other things.


Cindi    Posted 03-02-2003 at 15:30:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't know of anyone in my family who has a severe case but I think we all do 'strange' things. My mom would turn around and go back to the house three or four times because she wasn't sure she locked the door. But that was the only thing she did this with.


Plowin    Posted 03-02-2003 at 13:22:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi I was wonderin if maybe you weren't stuck to the putor? Big smile


Cindi    Posted 03-02-2003 at 13:27:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just off and on. I'll tell you the truth and then you'll know I'm sick in the head. If I stop typing for longer than ten minutes the computer boots me off. So the girls and I kinda take turns using it to keep it alive. Ridiculous? Not when you have five people who use it to get online daily and it's a toll call every time you sign on. It's kind of the same concept as keeping the ball in the air. In about five minutes my daughter will switch to her screen name, and you wont be able to find me, and, then the other one will switch on, and then I'll be back on....lots of people in this house sick in the head....cheap too.


Plowin    Posted 03-02-2003 at 13:35:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have the same problem with the kids.Better than tv sometimes.
How close to Datona are you? Was thinkin about bike week.Was invited to go wish I had.Need some heat and sunshine bad.


Cindi    Posted 03-02-2003 at 15:22:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Fred says we're maybe 125 mi from Daytona. I can't lie it is warm but it has been rainy the last couple of days. The way I look at the computer at least they are getting typing skills. I agree with you. If you're ever down this way, give me a holler!


Insanity wears many faces...    Posted 03-02-2003 at 13:09:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Take this place for example...

;-)

Salmoneye


Old Sarge on Insanity    Posted 03-02-2003 at 14:36:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Insanity is hereditty, You can get it from your kids.

That's one of my favorite bumper stickers, right under it there was another one that said "Moms Taxi".


Cindi    Posted 03-02-2003 at 16:14:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
That would explain the nervous tick my daughter swears I have. I won't describe it. It's not flattering.


Salmoneye    Posted 03-02-2003 at 14:39:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My Sister proudly sports a bumper sticker that says:

'Get out of my way!...My Kid needs to P'

Only parents of young children understand...Took me years to 'get' it...

;-)


Cindi    Posted 03-02-2003 at 15:24:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I swear my son was born with a bladder the size of a snow pea. Stayed that way until he was about ten. I'd make him go before we left the house and by the time we made the first stop light...mom...I gotta go. We took to carrying empty water bottles everywhere we went.


Cindi    Posted 03-02-2003 at 13:18:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh, yes. I knew a girl once who refused to leave the house. Agorophobic. With some gentle insistence I got her to the grocery store. The first few times she just sat in the car. Then one day, she surprised me by joining me at the checkout. From there on she was a free bird. The one thing I know for sure is that fear, is very real, whether it's reasonable or not. I had a brush with agorophobia myself. Corey would say ...shoulda prayed prayed prayed prayed. Probably right. I just clenched my teeth and forced myself. I still get little anxious moments but I can usually squash them. But I really don't get the 'stuck' thing.


Salm0oneye    Posted 03-02-2003 at 13:43:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Everyone gets 'anxious' from time to time...

It's how you deal with it that is the difference between sanity...and whatever is on the other end of the spectrum...


Cindi    Posted 03-02-2003 at 15:31:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
There was a period of time where this anxiety felt like a heart attack. A few times I wished it was, just so it would go away. Just gotta learn to master it. I still have my moments.


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