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Mind Game Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

2016 Family Resource Guide Special Needs Resources Autism Spectrum/Asperger’s Pathfinders for Autism. 303 International Circle, Suite 110, Hunt Valley, MD 21030 • 443-330-5341 (local helpline) • 866-806-8400 (toll-free) • Washington County Infants and Toddlers Early Intervention. Washington County Public Schools, 10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-766-2800 • Washington County Chapter of the Autism Society of America, 1801 Elizabeth Court, Hagerstown MD • 240-420-3692 • Providing Relief for Autistic Youth Inc. Washington County, MD • 240675-5038 • Find us on FB •


Blind/Vision Impaired, Developmental Eye Therapy

n estimated 2.3% of adults are afflicted with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) according to the National Institute of Mental Health, and for many, the symptoms begin during childhood or adolescence. This anxiety disorder is a neurological malfunction that creates unrelenting, intrusive thoughts and extreme anguish for those affected. Obsessions may range from a fear of hitting someone while driving to unbearable worries about contamination. These fears can be alleviated only one way—by acting out compulsions, which become repetitive acts of checking and rechecking to ensure the fear is unfounded. Although OCD was added to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) in 1987, many people still live with its destruction unaware there is help or even a name for their bizarre fears and behaviors. Furthermore, “Families often don’t know that they have a sick child,” says Judith L. Rapoport, M.D., in The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing. Children may keep their obsessions and compulsions a secret in order to avoid appearing crazy. The devastation of OCD is not just seen in the adult or child with the disorder. OCD has a negative impact on the whole family, which often falls apart from the stress caused by the disorder. It is not unusual for the OCD sufferer to rely on family members to help alleviate his fears. He may insist that a child, parent, or spouse check electrical outlets or may badger loved ones with constant questions for reassurance. In some homes where fear of contamination is the obsession, family members are banned from certain rooms or areas of the home in order to prevent continued on page 26


Tod R. Davis & Amy E. Carlyle, Developmental Optometry and Vision Therapy, 3031 Valley Ave., #105A, Winchester, VA 22601 • Additional locations in Gainesville, Fredericksburg and Springfield • 703-753-9777 WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind, 301 East Main Street, Romney, WV 26757 • 304-822-4800 • Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, 514 East Beverly Street, P.O. Box 2069, Staunton, Virginia 24402 •

Child Care Children’s Services of Virginia (CSV), 311 Airport Rd., P.O. Box 2867, Winchester, VA 22604 • 540-667-0116 • Maryland Family Network: Children With Special Needs, 1001 Eastern Avenue, 2nd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202-4325 • 410-659-7701

Deaf/Hard of Hearing WV Schools for the Deaf & Blind, 301 East Main Street, Romney, WV 26757 • 304-822-4800 • Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind, 514 East Beverley Street. P.O. Box 2069, Staunton, VA 24402 • Maryland School for the Deaf, P.O. Box 250, 101 Clarke Place, Frederick, MD 21705-0250 • 301-360-2000• The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 100 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144-3404 • 215-951-4700 • The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 300 East Swissvale Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218-1469 • 800-624-3323 • United Cerebral Palsy of South Central PA, Inc., 788 Cherry Tree Court, Hanover, PA 17331 • 717-632-5552 •

Developmental Delays & Disabilities/Special Education Programs Berkeley County, WV Parent Educator Resource Center, 515 W. Martin St., Martinsburg, WV 25401 • 304-263-5717 Broadfording Christian Academy HOPE Program. 13535 Broadfording Church Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-797-8886 The Developmental Disabilities Administration - Western MD Regional Office 1360 Marshall St., Hagerstown, MD 21740 • 301-791-4670 Family Service Foundation, Inc., 6910 Bowers Road, Suite A, Frederick, MD 21702 • 240-490-7101 • Frederick County Infants and Toddlers Program, 350 Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD 21702 • 301-600-1611• Grafton Berryville (Boys with learning disabilities), P.O. Box 112, Berryville, VA 22611 • 540-955-2400 • Infant & Toddler Connection of Shenandoah Valley, 621 South Royal Avenue, P.O. Box 547, Front Royal, VA 22630 • 540-635-2452 continued on page 28

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2016 Family Resource Guide (Mar/Apr issue)  
2016 Family Resource Guide (Mar/Apr issue)  

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