Classically Operant Conditioning: How Compulsions Form

An involuntary thought of a sexual act with a coworker constantly repeats in your head, and you begin to rapidly recite poetry. The thought of a disease crawling across packaged meat causes you to wear gloves at the grocery store. Imagery of charred family members results in fire extinguishers in every room of the house.…

What is ADHD Really?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. A friend recently pointed out that the very name of the disorder stems from the "publicly negative" aspects of ADHD. Like most mental disorders, ADHD runs deep. Small attention spans, and high bursts of activity do characterize ADHD, but so does forming new relationships too quickly, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), and…

The Diversity of OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) causes sufferers to obsess continuously over their moral character. Intrusive thoughts occur about anything and everything, but it's primarily the dark ideations that become obsessions. Unsurprisingly, the breadth of individual principles yields an extensive diversity of obsessions and an even greater compulsive dimension. However, there are many near-universal standards—don't harm the innocent,…

What is OCD Really?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a severely misunderstood mental illness. The public perception of OCD is unfortunately limited to germaphobia, perfectionism, and cleanliness. I have often seen OCD misconstrued as being quirky or even used as a marketing tool. However, OCD can be incapacitating and severe cases constitute a legal disability as per the Social Security Administration.…

My Miscellany of Maladies

It's no secret that mental health lacks recognition worldwide and mental healthcare often lacks social or financial support. To change this trend, we need to openly discuss mental disorders in their unadulterated form. By publicly displaying my mental disorders, I hope to open discussions among others about various disorders and give people with mental health…