Woman cured of rare ‘Seasonal OCD’

A rare case of “seasonal” obsessive-compulsive disorder in a 41-year-old American woman was cured through a combination of medication, therapy and exposure to bright light. The woman came to an outpatient clinic during October, reporting that she was having distressing thoughts about dirt and contamination, which caused her to engage in repetitive cleaning rituals, and to repeat the same words for long periods of time. She said her symptoms had appeared every October for the past 10 years, always disappearing completely by April or May. Psychiatrists “do believe that there is a tie between times of the year and exacerbation of illness,” said Dr. Howard L. Forman, an attending psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, who was not involved in the woman’s case.

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