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Twin sisters with OCD die in suspected ‘suicide pact’

Twin sisters with OCD die in suspected ‘suicide pact’ Twin sisters from Colorado battling obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) since childhood reportedly committed suicide recently. Bodies of Sara and Amanda Eldrich were discovered with fatal gunshot wounds in a car near the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Canon City. The duo had made headlines in 2015 for undergoing path-breaking deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery to treat the disorder that changed their lives for better. For the first time, they had felt hopeful, happy and alive. But their success story came to a tragic end on March 30, 2018. As per a GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for the…

Iowan with borderline personality disorder urging people to publicly end mental health stigma

Iowan with borderline personality disorder urging people to publicly end mental health stigma Imagine a bunch of people across the globe, holding cardboard signs and taking to the streets on the same day to announce that they have a mental illness, and that they are not ashamed. This may seem like a far-fetched idea to many, but not to Iowan Ross Trowbridge. In 2015, Trowbridge was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), and in the same year, he was rendered homeless after losing his job. These setbacks inspired him to publicize his disorder and offer support to others suffering from mental illnesses. During Trowbridge’s homelessness, he met and spoke with other displaced people.…

5 sportspersons with OCD

5 sportspersons with OCD The existence of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) among sportspersons is largely an unexplored terrain, but it is nevertheless prevalent. Most players engage in pre-match practices or rituals, which are supposed to bring them luck. While for some it could be as simple as kissing their bat or wearing their lucky wrist band, for others it could be something else. Apart from fixation with colors and clothes, some sportspersons also show a preoccupation with numbers. In some, the severity of the symptoms could be such that they get to experience panic and anxiety in case they do not follow the rituals to…

Website promotes trauma-informed approach to help childhood trauma victims in Omaha communities

Website promotes trauma-informed approach to help childhood trauma victims in Omaha communities Cities, counties and communities across the United States are increasingly promoting a trauma-informed approach to address the impact of trauma and facilitate healing. One such city is Omaha in Nebraska, which has been undertaking meaningful initiatives to make its communities safe, supportive and engaging. Project Harmony, a not-for-profit child advocacy center based in Omaha, recently launched “Trauma Matters Omaha,” a collaborative website committed to understanding trauma and its impact on communities. Traumatic events can have a significant impact on people, irrespective of their age, gender or socioeconomic status. Experiencing these events during childhood can change the trajectory of an individual’s…

Unable to bear her son’s frequent outbursts, Parkland shooter’s late mother considered relinquishing parental rights

Getting hit with the plastic hose of a vacuum cleaner. Losing three teeth due to a punch in the jaw. Witnessing fur Getting hit with the plastic hose of a vacuum cleaner. Losing three teeth due to a punch in the jaw. Witnessing furniture and utensils being flung across the room. Tolerating abusive language and being threatened by a gun. Lynda Cruz, the now-deceased adoptive mother of Parkland, Florida high school shooter Nikolas Cruz, endured her son’s violent outbursts and erratic behavior for several years. An unnamed family source recently disclosed that Lynda found herself torn between the love for her sons (Nikolas and his adoptive brother Zachary) and the inability to tolerate their behavior. Lynda, who passed away Nov. 1, 2017…

OCD self-treatment app to launch new Android version with more features

OCD self-treatment app to launch new Android version with more features The makers of nOCD, a free self-treatment app designed to assist individuals struggling with symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), recently reiterated their commitment to launch the Android version of the app in 2018, and add more features to the existing app. The app is currently available only on iOS, the mobile operating system deployed on products offered by Apple. The new development and enhancements are being made possible by the $1 million funding received by nOCD in February 2018. Founder and CEO of nOCD Stephen Smith decided to create the app in 2016 when he found that existing mental…

OCD treatment efficacy can be predicted through brain scans and machine learning, finds study

February 27, 2018 Behavioral Health

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OCD treatment efficacy can be predicted through brain scans and machine learning, finds study Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a commonly occurring, lifetime disorder characterized by recurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) which are overpowering and capable of causing serious disruptions in life’s daily routines. The most common treatments for OCD are medication, psychotherapy – including Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP), a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – or a combination of both. Although highly effective, CBT may not yield the desired result for all OCD patients. Moreover, treatment can span several weeks/months and entail substantial costs. Past research noted the lack of effective predictors for immediate or long-term results of any OCD treatment,…

Integrating comprehensive behavioral health strategies in primary care improves treatment outcomes in opioid use disorders

February 21, 2018 Behavioral Health

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Integrating comprehensive behavioral health strategies in primary care improves treatment outcomes in opioid use disorders The opioid epidemic in the United States is necessitating expanded treatment options for opioid use disorders (OUDs). Over the last few years, collaborative primary-care models have proved to be effective in the treatment of OUDs. Such models use a multi-disciplinary approach, with teams comprising physicians and non-physicians, to offer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to opioid-dependent users. Despite the success of these models, it was found that many treatment facilities were not incorporating comprehensive counseling services (dedicated addiction counselors or psychologists) into their programs. To simultaneously address the underlying mental health conditions of individuals with OUDs, a comprehensive behavioral health-focused MAT model…

Study examines role of sexuality and sexual functioning in eating disorders recovery

Study examines role of sexuality and sexual functioning in eating disorders recovery Eating disorders (EDs) are complex mental illnesses which can strike anyone, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Although there is still uncertainty regarding what exactly causes EDs, it is believed that a combination of psychological, biological and sociocultural factors is involved. The onset of EDs typically takes place during adolescence, and their symptoms can be long-lasting. Adding to the complexity of EDs is the presence of comorbid conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and substance abuse. Past research suggests that EDs often co-occur with sexual dysfunction. Distorted body image issues can lead to sexual…

New Year resolutions for people in mental health and addiction recovery

New Year resolutions for people in mental health and addiction recovery The new year has just begun and many people might be striving to fulfil their resolutions. It is that time of the year when people reflect on what they did last year, think about their achievements and shortcomings, and use this knowledge to set new goals. Everyone has some plans and some might have even started implementing them. But the beginning of the year is especially critical for those in recovery from mental health and substance abuse. Making resolutions to improve mental health and leave the addictive habits, and consistently making an effort in sticking to them can make a…
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