July 10, 2009
Imagine cleaning your house for hours on end, washing your hands up to 30 times a day " sometimes until they bleed " and having the urge to repeatedly check that doors are locked and appliances are turned off. This may sound like extreme behavior, but 2.2 million American adults live with a debilitating illness known as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Learn what you can do to overcome anxiety.
Lisa says she's so petrified of germs that she scrubs her kitchen floor four to five times a day and constantly washes her hands. She even homeschools her three young children because she's afraid that being around other kids will make them sick! Her husband, Khristian, fears that they're raising a bunch of "shut ins" who will be terrified of going out into the real world.
Fearing for the Future
Dr. Michael Jenike, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, gives his assessment of Lisa's condition. Find out his biggest fears for the young mom.
Coping with OCD
Phyllis, a former guest, says she cleaned 16 hours a day and rarely left her home. Find out how she's doing today, and hear the advice she has for Lisa.