As a clinical psychiatrist and researcher, my goal is to uncover new treatments for people like John, who have tried standard treatments, but who continue to have severe symptoms. John has tried all of the research studies offered in our research clinic, and those offered in other academic settings in New York City. Now he is my office and at the end of his rope. Could he be a candidate for a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation, also called DBS?
So you laugh. It's funny. Because it's a joke anyway, right? People like you are funny, comic relief. People to make fun of and to brush off. Silly germophobia. Silly handwashing and rituals and constant unwanted thoughts. You laugh because it's easier than facing the fact that you've lived your whole life with this.