Why "71º & Sunny?"

I consider 71º to be the perfect temperature. Not too cold and not too hot. I also love perfect sunny days. The vast majority of days are not 71º & Sunny and yet, all days were created by God's hand and they are still gifts, even if they don't fit my ridiculous definition of perfection. My struggle with OCD has at times imprisoned me in an impossible attempt to achieve perfection. I'm now learning to love all kinds of days that don't even come close to 71º & Sunny.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

OCD Special on ABC's 20/20 Tonight

I'm really looking forward to watching a special on OCD tonight on ABC's news program, 20/20. They will be reporting on children who have severe OCD but have also managed to face their fears and move forward, in an episode entitled, "The Children Who Break Away." It should be moving and inspirational. So set your DVR for 10 pm Eastern Standard Time!

19 comments:

  1. Thanks for the heads up! I am also looking forward to it!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this, Monique. Even though I don't struggle with OCD I would want to see this but I no longer get ABC.

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  3. my daughter is a vegetarian because she thinks she's allergic to meet. she says she will never marry because she can't touch another person for any length of time. hugging is okay but no touching longer than that. she's had some other mental issues over the years as well as depression. could my daughter have OCD?

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    1. Hey, it's hard to say for sure if your daughter has OCD, but it sounds like that could be a possibility. I would really recommend taking her to a psychologist, because whether it is OCD or not, it is very possible that those issues could "grow" over time and eventually take over her life, and the longer they have gone on, the harder it will be to move past them. I wish you and your daughter well :)

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    2. Hi Anonymous! I think that va gave some great advice. I agree, these sound like possible OCD symptoms, but even if they are not,it sounds like a good psychologist would be very helpful. I highly recommend psychologists associated with universities, or from centers that specialize in anxiety. They should be able to at least give you an idea about possible OCD and then you can move forward and get whatever treatment your daughter needs. I wish you the best, and please come back if I can be of any support.

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  4. Hi Monique,
    I am just seeing this. Do you know if their website has it up or if it is on youtube somewhere?

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    1. Hey C, I can't find the whole program, but if you go to ABC's 20/20 page, there are about 4 different excerpts about the program, one of them being over 7 minutes long, so it would at least give you a taste of the program. I'm actually hoping to buy it on DVD from ABC, because I think it would be a great educational tool.

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  5. How was the program? I will also be looking for it on youtube :)

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    1. I was very pleasantly surprised. It was quite excellent, and showed CBT/ERP in action. It gave some real solid information and showed how it destroys lives. It was also inspirational. I could really relate to those kids, particularly the girl who could not sit on the same couch with her mom. Even the way she displayed her anxiety, with the whimpering, shaking, and rocking is very similar to me when trying to perform tough ERPs. I felt like I was just watching a younger version of myself. She (and the other kids) were/are so brave and it's awesome to see them triumph over this terrible illness. Thanks for asking!

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  6. I wasn't able to watch it either. Thanks for including your thoughts on it in the comment above. I hope I can watch at least part of it online.

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    1. I read somewhere (maybe it was Janet's OCD Talk blog?) that it would be available in full on the ABC website in a week.

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  7. I thought it was great too, Sunny, and wrote about it on my blog also.

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    1. Yes I saw your post. I'm always interested to hear your opinion on these things. You have great insight.

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  8. I enjoyed it. Although I do wish that there was something shown about different types of OCD and the varying degrees of it, that not everyone is as extreme right off as these kids were. Also more on the research would have been nice.
    Overall it was very good and hope they continue to do more on Mental Health in the future.

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    1. Nice to hear from you Tea! I agree, I would love to see them tackle more mental health issues. I think it's harder to show some forms of OCD than others. Though I think it can be done, but it would take more effort.

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  9. I have worked with children who have OCD. It's so hard, because there are some days where they seem fine, even "normal," and then other times it takes a good hour of talking to them to help them break off a compulsive habit. Sometimes they will come and just tell me that they're really struggling with their compulsions, and we sit and talk about it for a long time. Sometimes that helps, sometimes it doesn't.

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    1. I'm so glad that you have an awareness about OCD, Miriana! What an incredible gift you must be to those children who really need some special TLC. So many kids don't have adults around who have any real understanding, the interesting thing that you may not realize, is that even when they don't look like they are obsessing, or telling you that they are, there is a very good chance that they are anyway, we are naturally wired to hide it because we recognize it's not "normal," and yet, we just can't stop. It must provide major comfort to those children to have your support. Do you ever get the opportunity to suggest Cognitive Behavioral Therapy using Exposure and Response Prevention to their parents? It is the current "gold standard" of treatment for OCD. Sadly, even a decent number of therapists don't know about CBT/ERP, and it's so important to get the word out because there IS help AND hope for these children. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

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