STIGMA ENIGMA

STIGMA ENIGMA

Today, I had a good conversation with a friend about the stigma that mental illness has compared to physical illness. When thinking through this issue, the first thing I always wonder is WHY? Why is mental illness misunderstood? Why is it that a physical illness is ok...
THE WHEELS ON THE BUS BRING MY SON HOME

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS BRING MY SON HOME

Every day during the past school year, I have waited in anticipation for the bus to drop my kids off at the end of the day. I never know what will arrive along with my son. I do know it won’t be good, but how bad will it be? My son’s main compulsion is...
THE ACCOMMODATION TEMPTATION

THE ACCOMMODATION TEMPTATION

Accommodation is a predicament that family members of an OCD sufferer can easily fall into. Whenever the OCD sufferer is concerned that something will be bad for him, he will want reassurance from the family that everything is ok. Here’s an example. When my son...
OUR FAMILY’S DIRTY LAUNDRY

OUR FAMILY’S DIRTY LAUNDRY

Laundry is never ending for any mom. All you busy mamas out there know how it goes. It seems like you just got caught up on the laundry and already the hampers are full again. When I go into my son’s room to get his dirty clothes, he typically has a stack of...
APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING

APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING

Lately I’ve put a lot of thought into how OCD affects our family life. And I realized that it affects our life more when it’s just our family. That is something I am so very thankful for. Friends and family might see some things as we are together. But...
LOVE IS THE SWEETEST THING

LOVE IS THE SWEETEST THING

I just want to write a quick post about a few things that really warmed my heart today. My son got to go salmon fishing with his dad and grandpa today. They caught 3 keepers! He was beaming when he came home and told me about it! I love to see him smile. Then, his...
MORNING MADNESS

MORNING MADNESS

Mornings are rough. Getting my son to school is a challenge. Once he’s at school, I take a deep breath and feel the tension leave my body. I get a little time away from OCD! But unfortunately, HE doesn’t. He is constantly plagued with OCD. I marvel at his...
SUMMER BREAK IS ALMOST HERE

SUMMER BREAK IS ALMOST HERE

I can’t sleep. There are lots of thoughts going through my head. The last day of school is quickly approaching. I have mixed emotions about this. Usually I look forward to summer. I absolutely love having my kids all home, I love that they don’t have...
DOUBT IN THE NIGHT

DOUBT IN THE NIGHT

Last night, as I stood in my son’s room watching him begin to cry, I instinctively reached for him. But he shrank away from me. Then I remembered…I couldn’t hug him. I had already touched his sister yesterday and OCD has him convinced that she wants to...