“6 Things Everyone Should Know About OCD” AND More on Best 5 Thursday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets go!

1) 6 Things Everyone Should Know About OCD

People get rough ideas about mental illness from movies or TV shows, and popular culture often simplifies or even completely misrepresents what it is really like to live with mental illness. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is no different. Many people associate their knowledge and understanding of OCD with popular TV shows like The Big Bang Theory and Monk. Consequently, OCD may be one of the most misunderstood mental health conditions.

2) A Year In The Life Of A Parent And Her Teen With OCD

2018 can leave now.

2018 was the year where OCD hijacked my daughter’s brain and took our family hostage.

It was the year where everything I thought I knew about OCD was challenged and I came to realize the stigma and misconception that surrounds it. OCD is the “neat disease” right? WRONG! Sure, for some people, compulsions do involve a need for order, but for many, OCD creates chaos not just in their heads but all around them. My daughter’s room was perpetually messy, she was highly unorganized, extremely forgetful, and had trouble focusing. There was nothing “neat” about OCD in her case. It was ugly and chaotic all around.

3) Treating negative symptoms of schizophrenia

In schizophrenia, negative symptoms such as social withdrawal, avoidance, lack of spontaneity and flow of conversation, reduced initiative, anhedonia, and blunted affect are among the most challenging to treat. These symptoms commonly persist after positive symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia have subsided. In an analysis of 20 pivotal placebo-controlled trials of second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs), almost 45% of patients who completed 6 weeks of treatment still had at least 1 residual negative symptom of at least moderate severity, and approximately 25% had 2 or more.1 Negative symptoms are viewed as being intrinsic to schizophrenia, and also as the result of extrapyramidal symptoms, depression, and psychosis.

This review focuses on treatments for negative symptoms of schizophrenia that have been evaluated since the PORT treatment recommendations were published and highlights those approaches that show promise.

4) My Husband Was Hurt by an I.E.D. The Lasting Injury Was to Our Family.

After my husband suffered a traumatic brain injury while deployed in Afghanistan, our family was never the same.

5) For Anxiety Relief in Kids, Dogs Have It Down Pat

Interacting with dogs increases positive emotions in children and reduces anxiety, demonstrating that this type of pet therapy “can improve clinically relevant symptoms,” researchers note.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for more articles!

Best Regards,

Vikram


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