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curious article.....<br><br><br><a href="http://nytimes.com/2005/05/22/magazine/22OCD.html?8hpib" target="_blank">http://nytimes.com/2005/05/22/magazine/22OCD.html?8hpib</a><br><br><br><br><br>
May 22, 2005<br>
Can You Catch Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?<br>
By LISA BELKIN<br>
To suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, many patients say, is to ''know you are crazy.'' Other forms of psychosis may envelop the sufferers until they inhabit the delusion. Part of the torture of O.C.D. is, as patients describe it, watching as if from the outside as they act out their obsessions -- knowing that they are being irrational, but not being able to stop. They describe thoughts crowding their minds, nattering at them incessantly -- anxious thoughts, sexual thoughts, violent thoughts, sometimes all at the same time. Is the front door locked? Are there germs on my hands? Am I a murderer if I step on an ant? And they describe increasingly elaborate rituals to assuage those thoughts -- checking and rechecking door locks, washing and rewashing hands, walking carefully, slowly and in bizarre patterns to avoid stepping on anything. They feel driven to do things they know make no sense.<br><br>
There are researchers who believe that some of this disturbing cacophony -- specifically a subset found only in children -- is caused by something familiar and common. They call it Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated With Streptococcal Infection, or, because every disease needs an acronym, Pandas. And they are certain it is brought on by strep throat -- or more specifically, by the antibodies created to fight strep throat.<br><br>
the article continues............<br><br><a href="http://nytimes.com/2005/05/22/magazine/22OCD.html?8hpib" target="_blank">http://nytimes.com/2005/05/22/magazine/22OCD.html?8hpib</a>
 
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