Monday, March 22, 2010
A quick laugh as we turn into the home stretch for Pesach
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is nothing to laugh about. It is a condition in which the brain gets stuck, which appears to result from a miscommunication between the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), the caudate nucleus of the basal ganglia and the thalamus. It is a heart-breaking mental disorder, characterized by intrusive thoughts (the obsessive component) that can produce extreme anxiety, and prompt repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing this anxiety (the compulsive component). That being said, I have found in clinical practice that a combination of acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, nutraceuticals and Chinese medicine can be very successful in resolving it, without needing to resort to mild altering pharmaceuticals.
Erev Pesach is a very special time as we search inside of ourselves as well in our homes for Chometz, literally, as well as for its metaphor: arrogance. May Ha-Shem help us to succeed in our search and destroy mission, and may we bring in Pesach with lots of love and support for each other, and with hearts purified of chametz!