Blog will (finally) be resumed

To whom it may concern –

first: thanks to all of you out there who ever read this blog. Some of you wrote comments too, cheers for those efforts too.

Soonish I will write new entries for this very weblog. I’ll try to present texts with new information about progress in OCD research, as well as to outline different perspectives on the affliction, from perhaps unexpected angles. I’m thinking evolution here, phenomenology, and philosophy in general (to name a few).

That is it for this moment. Again: heartfelt thanks for all the interest you showed, and the replies and words of encouragement, from Frank.


Dear visitors, readers, commentators, and critics…

…it is only now, in the month of September 2018, that I can safely say that this blog will be continued.

Fact is: I found a much better, nay, most wonderful place to live on my own, independently. The struggle with OCD will continue, but that won’t prohibit me any more from making new, and hopefully insighful contributions.

As I wrote before: I changed my points of view on OCD and mental ‘disorders’ several times in the past. Is that a bad thing, or a sign of weakness, the inability do decide?

No. Not at all. And I hope to be able to help others in learning to see that major changes can be, in fact, beneficial.

Dear Readers, Please Take Note…

…I wasn’t able to ‘deliver’, as modern phraseology has it, but that does certainly not mean that I got into the throes of OCD, or anything near to it, again.

On the contrary:

I went through major changes concerning the ways I feel and think about mental illness. Sure, mental problems do exist. I’d be the last man on earth to deny this.

But, thing is: I thought long and hard about what it means, in the most practical and everyday sense of these words, what it actually is to be viewed (and view oneself) as an ‘outlier’, as a not-so-normal-person, in the first place.

All of this took its time.

To have OCD (or ADHD, or another ‘condition’), is nothing else than: to experience a response to one’s situation, one’s social environment. And to express that very response, by way of behaviour that others around one cannot understand.

Here is where it may get interesting for you: I did a lot of studying, in the past six months, to clarify my ‘new’ position, first for myself, and now I am ready to offer explanations of my dear readers.

I am certain that in my coming contributions, I will seemingly contradict attitudes and opinions, and interpretations, that I held before.

But that surely does not indicate that I have any wish to ‘erase my former so-called wisdom’, far from that. Wisdom is: trying to be able to learn, and to find some sort of synthesis of all one’s seeing, hearing, and feeling experiences in the past.

Hope to see you back, folks.


OK – So My Efforts to Create a Wordcloud Were in Vain…

…no problem, folks, this rather nice effect resides in the Payzone.

I hope that I will eventually be able to move into that rather luxurious stratosphere of the esteemed WordPress community. All of us have to make do with what there is, except  those who are exclusively motivated by commerce and greed.

I am not one of these people.

More tomorrow, then, about rTMS and other topics.

A Bit Behind…

Sorry folks, due to unforeseen extra work I haven’t been able to come up with more on rTMS, but that will be rectified shortly.

And thanks for dropping by, of course.

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for OCD?

OK, readers –

I won’t be able to bring some new information on OCD today, unfortunately, but here’s a taster for tomorrow: there is a non-invasive method (external and non-surgical) that might be of interest for the treatment of OCD. It goes by the impressive name: repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS); and to put it very succinctly: electromagnetic pulses get focused precisely upon a specific brain area; their strength and frequency is standardized (so it’s certainly not a shot in the dark); and thus tiny stimulating currents can be induced in that area.

Just now I found a couple of encouraging scientific articles on this technique, in regard to OCD; and moreover, rTMS has proven to be efficacious in patients with major depressive disorder.

Actually, it has been become more prominent over time, as a treatment option, and it even is preferred over some of the less specific chemical antidepressants that are in use.

So though work still needs to be done, the articles that I quickly scanned are promising. I think the advantages of rTMS over pharmaceutical treatment are pretty obvious: the side effects that these have aren’t to be expected.

And, hey, I myself underwent rTMS sessions about a year ago, in a different context, but I can report first hand about what one experiences.

Here’s a bit of info:

No Word Cloud Yet

Sorry, I discovered that you can only make a word cloud when you get a paid subscription (or perhaps other layout themes at WordPress permit this when you participate for free, I’ll see later on).

Later in the day (here in Holland), I’ll make another contribution on OCD, see you.


still testing

Test to Introduce Category a Cloud

Just trying this one out –

if it works, I can re-structure my blog and label all new posts.

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