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Tourette Syndrome + OCD was exhausting & difficult

It was more than 23 years ago that I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. I’ve learned a lot in that time. About myself, about others and most of all, that our relationship with mental health and conditions like TS is far… Continue Reading

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Stop the stigma

Good advice in general, but especially when it has become common to cite not always well understood disorders in joking. If someone isn’t struggling with obsessions and compulsions for hours a day they are not “so OCD”, a person who… Continue Reading

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52 Weeks of TS: Week 39

EDITOR’S NOTE: Every Tuesday, noted Tourette Syndrome advocate Troye Evers shares his “52 Weeks of TS” blog journal with the TSParentsOnline community. In cased you missed any of the first 38 weeks, you can read them here. For more information about… Continue Reading

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A New Year, part 2: Why the obsession with perfection is dangerous

Let me start by saying that while many of OCD’s intrusive thoughts can be of other natures, today we’re focusing on the ones that push us to perfection, the ones that nag and tell us we’ll never be good enough… Continue Reading

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52 Weeks of TS: Week 32

EDITOR’S NOTE: Every Tuesday, noted Tourette Syndrome advocate Troye Evers shares his “52 Weeks of TS” blog journal with the TSParentsOnline community. In cased you missed any of the first 31 weeks, you can read them here. For more information about… Continue Reading

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52 Weeks of TS: Week 27

EDITOR’S NOTE: Every Tuesday, noted Tourette Syndrome advocate Troye Evers shares his “52 Weeks of TS” blog journal with the TSParentsOnline community. In cased you missed any of the first 26 weeks, you can read them here. For more information about… Continue Reading

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Students with OCD

While teachers don’t diagnose students, it’s important for them to keep an eye out and notice children’s mannerisms. I had a student in kindergarten once that struggled greatly with obsessive behaviors. When all the other students were told to stop… Continue Reading

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Why is it so easy to be obsessed with things?

For years, I wondered why I am so easily obsessed with things. While lightning no longer terrifies me as it did when I was little, I’m fully aware that my new obsession is tornadoes. I’ve spent hours upon hours learning… Continue Reading

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My Obsessive Ruminations and Tornadoes

Last night made the list of the top ten scariest nights of my life. The line of tornadoes in Arkansas came just a bit too close to home for comfort. It missed us, but I have friends who were touched,… Continue Reading

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Symptoms, Causes and Effects

EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog post originally appeared on www.psychguides.com. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder that generally causes extreme discomfort. Sufferers are often riddled with persistent and recurrent impulses, thoughts and images that are unwanted. According to the National… Continue Reading