Latest Ritual Stories

2011-12-27 11:50:22

Adult onset could be connected to oral and tactile sensitivities in childhood, TAU research finds In childhood, rituals like regular schedules for meal, bath, and bed times are a healthy part of behavioral development. But combined with oral and tactile sensitivities, such as discomfort at the dentist or irritation caused by specific fabrics, these rituals could be an early warning sign of adult Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). According to Prof. Reuven Dar of Tel Aviv University's...

2011-12-01 19:04:41

About two percent of all children suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which consists of obsessive thoughts and acts. Obsessive thoughts are intrusive thoughts such as fear or contamination, injury or violent notions that are perceived to be pointless or distressing. Obsessive acts are ritualized acts that have to be repeated frequently, such as washing one's hands, asking questions, counting, touching, checking or collecting. Without treatment, OCD often has serious consequences,...

2011-09-22 12:13:39

A healthy dose of repetitive behavior reduces anxiety, says a TAU researcher What do a patient with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), a basketball star, and an animal in captivity have in common? According to new research from Tel Aviv University, they share a clear behavioral link that reduces stress. In a new study, Prof. David Eilam and his graduate student Hila Keren of TAU's Department of Zoology at the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences found that repetitive behavior in...

2011-08-31 11:00:00

Students With OCD: A Handbook for School Personnel Provides Awareness and Education for School Personnel, Parents and Mental Health Professionals Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 31, 2011 Now available, Students With OCD: A Handbook for School Personnel by Dr. Gail Adams is the definitive resource on obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, in students. The first of its kind, this comprehensive guide focuses on the disorder in the school setting, and provides teachers, mental health professionals...

2011-07-11 00:00:29

OCD Chicago, the leading provider of consumer resources to help sufferers cope with and conquer OCD, announces the publication of Dr. Gail Adams' new book, "Students with OCD: A Handbook for School Personnel." Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 10, 2011 Gail Adams, Ed.D., an esteemed member of OCD Chicago's Scientific Advisory Board ("SAB"), has published "Students with OCD: A Handbook for School Personnel," the definitive resource on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in the school environment....

2011-06-18 00:01:06

OCD Chicago, the leading provider of consumer resources to help sufferers cope with and conquer OCD, announces the third anniversary of its popular and only free support group in Chicago. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 17, 2011 OCD Chicago, a nonprofit mental health organization supporting the informational and emotional needs of OCD sufferers and their families, announces the third anniversary of its popular OCD Support Group. Hundreds of individuals with OCD have attended the only free OCD...

2011-05-23 14:53:35

Study shows that compulsions lead to obsessions, and not the other way around New scientific evidence challenges a popular conception that behaviours such as repetitive hand-washing, characteristic of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), are carried out in response to disturbing obsessive fears. The study, conducted at the University of Cambridge in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, found that in the case of OCD the behaviours themselves (the compulsions) might be the precursors...

2011-05-03 00:00:40

Jeanne Ettelson, president of OCD Chicago, announced that Dr. Shana Doronn has joined other prominent mental health professionals as a member of OCD Chicago's Scientific Advisory Board. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 01, 2011 Dr. Shanna Doronn joins OCD Chicago's Scientific Advisory Board ("SAB") which provides guidance to OCD Chicago on medical and treatment matters and serves as an informal speakers bureau. Dr. Doronn specializes in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'