As a child, I was gregarious, outgoing, and happy-go-lucky. Then something went horribly askew at about age 12. I did not know why I was unable to focus when I had been the best reader in school. I had been talkative, but I kept to myself, remained silent, and let bullies pick on me. I hadn't the slightest idea what was going on with my body and mind. Eighth-grade was probably my worst year because I was taunted, harassed, and bullied.
Two years ago I wondered if the horrible feeling, the gnawing in my stomach would ever leave. Inside my freshman dorm room, I lived in my own mind, fixated on my thoughts and tormented by irrational messages and faulty fears.
Dr. Darin Dougherty discusses new research in OCD: biological causes, medication and behavioral therapy, and DBS surgery, as well as the future of OCD treatment.
Darin Dougherty, MD, MMSc
Director, Division of Neurotherapeutics, Department of Psychiatry
Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Director, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute, McLean Hospital
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School