Posted by Janet Singer on September 06, 2011

Welcome to Connections, OCD Chicago’s new blog! My name is Janet Singer and I will be blogging about anything and everything to do with OCD. My posts will include current topics of interest to OCD sufferers and their families, and I also hope to connect with readers by sharing my own thoughts and experiences. So whether you are an OCD sufferer or you care about someone with OCD, this blog is for you.

Three and a half years ago I flew fifteen hundred miles to be with my son Dan, who was in college. I knew he had not been well, but the condition I found him in shocked me. Dan had not eaten in more than a week and was spending hours at a time sitting hunched over in one particular chair, doing absolutely nothing. My son was in the throes of severe OCD.

What followed was a year-long roller coaster ride for our family, as we floundered and then fought our way through a disorienting maze of treatments and programs, desperately trying to find the best help possible for Dan. We went from seven therapists to ten medications to a nine week stay at a world renowned residential program. Our frustrations turned to horror as it became evident that many of the drugs and therapies used to help Dan were actually hurting him. There were times I wondered if my son would ever be able to function again in society, or even worse, survive. 

I will never forget that feeling of being completely lost and alone, not knowing who to listen to or where to turn for help.  This memory is one of the reasons why I became an advocate for OCD awareness, and am now so excited to be a part of Connections. I want to share what helped and what hurt in my son’s battle against severe OCD with the hope of benefiting others.

Another reason why I am so enthusiastic about Connections is that, while there is no doubt that OCD can be a devastating disorder, there is also no doubt that OCD is treatable. We can help each other through this journey, with the knowledge that there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel.

As for my son Dan, he has worked hard to reclaim his life. He is now a senior in college and living life to the fullest. He still has OCD, but OCD does not have him. There is a big difference. And most importantly, he is living proof that even those with the most severe OCD can not only recover, but triumph.

Janet Singer, an advocate for OCD awareness, is published regularly on various mental health web sites. She explores all topics related to OCD and shares what helped and what hurt in her son Dan’s recovery from this devastating disorder.  While there were many lessons learned along the way, Janet feels the most powerful one of all is that there is always hope. She is committed to getting the word out that OCD, no matter how severe, is treatable. You can read more about Dan’s story and follow her personal blog at: Janet uses a pseudonym to protect her son’s privacy.


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