PROVIDENCE, RI – A new study by researchers at the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center has found that children as young as four can develop full-blown obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and often exhibit many of the same OCD characteristics typically seen in older kids.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is the recurring feelings of anxiety in which the sufferer has obsessive thoughts they can’t control – the obsession which can also include, but not always, compulsions like frequently washing their hands or checking to see doors are locked. In children it might even be walking in a circle seemingly oblivious to other people. Sometimes the ritualized behavior gives the child some relief. They give it a comic slant in Monk, but Adrian suffers from OCD. Though in some episodes they’ve shown how lonely and alienating it can be. One bright spot, they found in these young children (ages four to eight}, is that unlike older children or adults they usually don’t suffer from depression in addition to their compulsions. It can be treated and the earlier a diagnosis is made and treatment begins the greater the success of therapy.
Everyone is probably suffering outrage fatque over the Wall St bailout or rescue or whatever the politically correct term is this week so this isn’t about the bailout as much about civics and responsibility. The bailout package that failed to pass by the House of Representatives failed because 12 Republicans said that the Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi said some things that were partisan. It is my understanding of government that no one can make you vote one way or the other, not even members of your own party. Republicans said in effect that Speaker Pelosi’s statement hurt their feelings. What an extraordinary turn of events. Speaker Pelosi can push a few emotional buttons and get the opposition Party to vote contrary to what they wanted to vote for. Nancy Pelosi made history when she became the first female Speaker of the House. Apparently she has made history yet again by making every Republican in the House of Representatives her bitch. Words escape Pelosi’s lips, Republicans not only jump, but ask how high. In future history books we probably won’t see the loaded term bitch used, but that is what happened to the Republican Party on September 29, 2008, they got owned by the first female Speaker of the House and they confessed publically to that fact.