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We All Need OCD Now

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We've seen some horrendous journalism about OCD over years. But that from the Wall Street Journal is worst ever IMO. 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/we-all-need-ocd-now-11585672342

It's behind a paywall.  SHOUT ASHLEY

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We All Need OCD Now

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“Everyone is being OCD now,” my patient says. OCD is no longer only something we have. It’s something we’re under county, state and public-health authorities’ orders to become. “But they’re not doing it right,” my patient laments. He has a point: Social-distancing and hand-washing guidelines often are heeded improperly or only briefly before “OCD fatigue” sets in and caution is abandoned.

Evolution preserved a lifesaving anxious trait for us to tap into when needed. To use it right, we can look to people like my patient for discipline and inspiration. A little OCD, right now, wouldn’t be so bad.

 

The author, Dr. Aboujaoude is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Stanford.

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Yeah all those neanderthals might have survived if they'd had hand wash and nitrile gloves like the homo sapiens did, oh wait a minute 🤔

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I was quite shocked by this article, it seems so ignorant. Can I ask, does the USA have a different definition of OCD than the UK? I was part of a group for autistic people on Twitter and there were some quite experienced and reputable autistic advocates from America who seemed to view OCD as a genetic brain difference which caused repetitive behaviour, rather than an anxiety disorder. I got very confused at first, before I realised that we weren't talking about the same thing when using the phrase OCD. Could that be part of the problem of why the article seems so odd? 

NB I was able to read the article without paying somehow.

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17 hours ago, Wren said:

Can I ask, does the USA have a different definition of OCD than the UK?

No, but the American Psychiatric community are behind the DSM which the last version lumped a lot of stuff in a group called OCD and Related Disorders which I suspect our health professional community would not have done.

Anyway, Zoe and I (with a lot of help from Gemma on my grammar) have published our response. 

https://www.ocduk.org/response-to-wall-street-journal/

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17 hours ago, Lost_in_a_Dark_Maze said:

As my OCD has worsened again, I'm actually finding it harder to clean as I'm worried about spreading contamination.

Sorry Lost, happy to chat if that would help?

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On 02/04/2020 at 14:52, Ashley said:

No, but the American Psychiatric community are behind the DSM which the last version lumped a lot of stuff in a group called OCD and Related Disorders which I suspect our health professional community would not have done.

Thanks for the answer. 

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