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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Monday, December 7, 2015

OCD And Children

The only thing worse than seeing someone else struggle with the pain of OCD, is seeing a child struggle with the pain of OCD. It's hard enough making sense of intense anxiety as an adult. Though my symptoms of OCD were not full blown until I reached adulthood, I've always had terrible anxiety since I was a very small child. As a child, you are not capable of truly articulating your feelings and experiences. I just remember my fear of doing anything wrong and how that would mean I was not a "good" girl. I would even tattle on myself to adults if I did something wrong, because the guilt was so intense! I also remember recognizing (at a really young age) that somehow I seemed to be much more "sensitive" to people and things, compared to other children I knew. I felt different, and I never understood why. I'm only just starting to understand . . .

This is one of many reasons why I was very happy to learn about the IOCDF's new website which is written specifically for families and treatment providers of children suffering with OCD (www.ocdinkids.org). I learned about this in an article written by Jeff Smith, IOCDF Director of Development, which appeared in the IOCDF Fall 2015 quarterly newsletter.

The article also outlined a few other interesting developments with regard to expanding treatment to children with OCD. Specifically, this past spring, the IOCDF held the 3rd installment of the pediatric version of its therapist training program called the Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI). The remarkable thing about this program? According to Mr. Smith, it "sold out in 20 minutes, an indication of the severe demand and need for this type of training . . ." (Emphasis mine.) Think about that for a moment. 20 minutes. For a therapist training program.

Moreover, the IOCDF created the Pediatrician Partnership Program (PPP), which seeks to arm pediatricians with information to help them more properly identify pediatric onset OCD. The PPP is now being implemented in the Boston, Massachusetts area (the IOCDF headquarters is located in Boston). The plan is to hopefully bring this program throughout the rest of the United States.

Great news for suffering children and their families.


  1. Great post, Monique! So nice to see your post, dear friend. I think we need more programs like this worldwide!

    1. I agree! Thanks for all your great support, Linda!

  2. This is all wonderful information Sunny (well, aside from the part about all your anxiety as a child :() and it's exciting to hear about all these ways to reach children who are suffering earlier. Another huge benefit to these programs is that hopefully they will lead to fewer adults struggling with OCD, because they will already have learned the proper tools to deal with the disorder as a child. Great post!

    1. Yes! I wish there were more programs like this, but hey, it's a beginning! Hope you are doing well, Janet!