I am aware now that I need to deal with my real feelings. I have to actually feel the grief, feel the fear. I have to process it all. Which sucks, honestly. It's painful. Who wants to feel pain? But, it's the only way through it.
You could say that a documentary with the title OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive Major Depression Bipolar Asperger's Movie is maybe biting off more than it could chew, but no more so than the filmmaker who found himself coping with all those afflictions.
For many, OCD is a time-consuming, debilitating disorder resulting in lost jobs, relationships and important life opportunities. When it comes to trying to understand OCD, people often make the mistake of looking only at the compulsions, and so they miss the real story.
I have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). But I want you to consider your own obsessions before we talk about my clinical ones, because the line between the two is not as clean and distinct as you might think.
The holiday season is a good time to talk about brain disorders. The kind I'm talking about are more commonly referred to as mental illness, but I think that term detracts from the fact that depression, anxiety disorders and other such conditions arise in the brain.
I sat down with Davis, author of mental health memoir "A Legacy of Madness" for a forthright conversation about what it was like to grow up with his mother's undiagnosed mental illness, and what he did to change the course of history in his family.
Sometimes people with ADHD tend to have what look like compulsive tendencies. This is because we've learned to overcompensate for difficulties that we've experienced with distraction, disorganization and inattention.
Lately I've found I'm preoccupied by death. Not in it coming suddenly, but in the more somber realization that eventually it will all end. I guess I've been thinking it could be sooner more than later.
We need to encourage our older teenage girls to see our younger girls for what they themselves once were -- on the precipice between self-acceptance and self-loathing, needing the encouragement of the older girls they so admire and respect.
The logic is absolutely clear -- the more guns in private hands, the more people will be shot and killed each year in the US. The more guns in private hands, the greater the number will be of mentally unstable individuals with guns.
Often in my twenty-year career as a flight attendant for Pan Am, especially in the 1960's and first half of the 1970's, I had a feeling of awe and wonder at the experiences that were mine for the asking.