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Could a Psychiatric Care Nurse Prevent Tragedy?

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October 18th, 2010

In light of the recent shootings at Virginia Tech, the media is now fascinated with the idea that extensive psychiatric care could prevent future tragedies. In the case ofTech shooter Seung-Hui Cho, who had a history of severe mental illness, he did not receive any psychiatric care during his time in school. Sadly, he ceased receiving therapy his junior year in high school. And yet, the argument goes that had he had a psychiatric care nurse assigned to him for an extended period of time, especially when he was on his own at college, the massacre could have been avoided.

Of course, such a shift would require that we significantly increase the number of psychiatric care nurses available to care for mental health patients, especially those who suffer from schizophrenia, for extended periods of time. With this shift will come expenses, both in terms of educating more psychiatric care nurses and providing jobs for them.

Unfortunately, trends suggest that recently the number of psychiatric care nurses have decreased in the United States due to the government’s withdrawing of financial support for traineeships. In fact, according to research, the number of psychiatric care nursing graduates dropped significantly in the years between 1980 and 1996, reaching an all time low that year at just only 443 graduates versus 781 in 1980.

If the government could reinstate funding for such programs, then perhaps we could grow the number of psychiatric care nurses to better accommodate our mentally ill citizens, especially those who are at-risk of becoming violent. Psychiatric care nurses could very well provide extended support for mentally ill patients both in institutions and out in society. The very presence of a psychiatric care nurse, someone who is trained to take care of physical ailments as well as mental ones, could be a calming presence for the patient. A psychiatric care nurse could function as both a care-giver as well as a daily advisor, someone to whom the patient could turn to in certain situations for advice.

Due to the large number of patients function in society, we would have to set up a system by which to assign psychiatric care nurses to those who appear to most need the help. Such a system could allow us to better manage our resources in helping mentally ill patients be functioning members of society.

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60 Seriously Cool Uses for Google Health

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October 18th, 2010

By Kitty Holman

Google Health launched two years ago as a pilot program considering the democratic uses and benefits of remote-access — but secure — electronic health records. Now, anyone can set up a Google Health account to store medical records, receive lab results, chat with doctors, and even track health and wellness goals. It’s a free tool that facilitates much of the paperwork and administrative side of health care, and here are some of the cool things you can get out of it, whether you’re a nurse, medical technician or doctor, or a patient.

Personal Health Information and Records

Learn how to customize your Google Health profile with records from your doctor, your own files and other services and options.

  1. Create a profile for everyone in the family: You can organize every family member’s health records with their own profile.
  2. Customize your dashboard: Customize your own dashboard to display medical records, notices, medications, wellness graphs, and goals.
  3. Advance Directives: Store in Google Health intents and wishes when you can’t speak for yourself, like end-of-life care and designating people to make decisions for you.
  4. Medicare records: If you live in Utah or Arizona, you can take advantage of a one-year pilot program with Medicare Fee-for-Service to get the last 24 months of your Medicare claims info. sent to Google Health.
  5. Transfer information: You have the right to approve transactions from clinical records to your Google Health profile, dealing with lab results, allergies, medications and medical history.
  6. Choose to have messages sent by e-mail or U.S. mail: If you’re worried about privacy or hackers, you can choose to have alerts sent by U.S. mail.
  7. Add medical contacts: Add doctor, clinic and hospital contact information to store in a safe, access-from-anywhere place.
  8. Unlink health services: If you change your mind about sharing information with a service, you can always unlink them from your profile.
  9. Upload your own files: You can also upload your own medical files or personal files from your computer, and can be shared with the people who have access to your profile.
  10. Remove old medical history: You don’t have to keep your entire life’s medical history on your Google Health record: you can delete the less important stuff for a clutter-free record.
  11. Share your profile: Share your profile with family members, in-case-of-emergency-people, doctors and anyone else who has an invested interested in your well being (and whom you trust).
  12. Keep track of health insurance policies: Add or change policies as your coverage changes.
  13. Track notes: You’ll have space to add notes about all of your medical information, like side effects, questions, or encouragement.
  14. Give your profile your full name: You don’t have to use your regular Google username for your profile: you can rename it so that it reflects your full name, which is more easily recognized by doctors.
  15. Add health topics as you go: To further customize your profile, you can add health topics as you go, like test results, procedures, immunizations, health insurance information and more.
  16. Minimize paper records: While it’s important to have back-up copies of certain files, you can cut down on paperwork — and the number of times you have to pull out and reorganize your hard copies — by relying on Google Health.
  17. View prescription history: You’ll see an entry each time you renewed a prescription.
  18. Delete your profile: You can permanently delete a single profile or your entire Google Health account if you decide you don’t want to use it anymore.

Goal Setting

Here you’ll learn how to track goals and view your progress as graphs or tables.

  1. Graph weight-loss goals: Google Health now lets you track your weight-loss goal on graphs.
  2. Set and track several goals: You can set and track several different goals, from sleeping better to weight loss to eating right to sticking with your meds.
  3. Organize goals by topic: Called tracker topics, your goals will be separated into different categories alongside similar records, test results, etc. For instance, medical test goals will be stored with Test Results, and if you’re trying to run a half marathon, that will be kept in the Wellness section.
  4. Journaling: Keep a weight-loss journal, too.
  5. View goals in Table view: Change tracker displays to a table view for a different perspective.
  6. See how far you’ve come: Don’t just track your progress: define an endpoint and see how far you’ve come, and what you need to do to get there.
  7. Change goals: If you need to revise a goal, or set a new one, you can click on the Change link next to the goal.

Featured Partners and Third-Party Services

Here are some of the partners who’ve linked up with Google Health to bring you even more services.

  1. CVS: Set up your comprehensive pharmacy history via the CVS partnership on Google Health.
  2. CardioTrainer: Use the popular fitness and running app CardioTrainer to track mileage, speed, elevation, calories burned and time.
  3. FitBit: Track calories burned, steps taken, and even sleep quality with FitBit.
  4. RxAmerica: Share prescription history from RxAmerica so that you can choose your own drugs to save money and compare drugs (and side effects).
  5. Allscripts: Electronic health solutions company Allscripts extends its ePrescribe option to Google Health users.
  6. iHealth: Powered my Medem, iHealth facilitates secure communication between doctors and Google Health users.
  7. Medco: Medco users can store prescription information with this partnership.
  8. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: BIDMC patients can link to PatientSite via Google Health.
  9. NoMoreClipboard: Link up with this service if you want them to send your records to the doctor of your choosing.
  10. Hello Health: This service makes it easier to chat, send text messages, track in-person visits and e-mail your regular doctor.
  11. MyDailyApple: Through e-mail or RSS, get health and medical news updates.
  12. Walgreens: If Walgreens is where you fill your prescriptions, they’ll save your history for you with this service.
  13. Kmart: Kmart patrons can use this service to collect and refer to medical records, lab results, medication information, and more.
  14. Cleveland Clinic MyConsult: Get second opinions and nutrition consults from Cleveland Clinic specialists.
  15. HealthGrades: You’ll get more support for the “Find a Doctor” service with this tool.
  16. MyMedSchedule.com: Learn more about your medication by viewing pictures, setting up a medication chart, signing up for e-mail reminders to take your meds, and printing your schedule in English or Spanish.
  17. Anvita Health Partner Profile: With the Anvita app, you can view automatically generated analyses of drug interactions and conditions when you add new data.
  18. TrialX: TrialX generates clinical trial suggestions based on your personal medical information in Google Health.
  19. Physicians Wellness Network: Order lab testes online to streamline the process.
  20. Lifestar: Build customized “views” of your health information to print, share or store on USB devices and more.
  21. MedNotes by Drugs.com: Learn about medication recalls and get consumer news with this service.
  22. Quest Diagnostics: Use this partnerhip to import lab tests from your doctor.

Wellness

Below are some clever uses for Google Health.

  1. Lose weight: You’ve got all the tools and information available to you to set weight loss goals and track your exercise.
  2. Do your own drug research: Find out about drug recalls, look up drug ingredients, and learn more about what you’re putting into your body.
  3. Get your vitals in check: View graphs and set up wellness plans to bring down cholesterol and get your vitals where they should be.
  4. Have informed discussions with your doctor: Instead of forgetting everything your doctor told you when you leave the office, use Google Health to review your charts, set goals, research drugs, and then have an informed discussion with your doctor when you’re prepared.
  5. Get a second opinion: It’s easy to allow another doctor access to your charts and history to get a second opinions.
  6. Share records with college kids, aging parents and traveling family members: Just because a family member is away at college or on an extended business trip doesn’t mean health records have to be faxed or mailed. Keep everyone in the loop with online profiles.
  7. Identify unhealthy patterns: While it’s a stretch to say you can diagnose yourself, having all your information charted out in front of you may make it easier to spot unhealthy habits and patterns, like poor sleeping habits or steady weight gain.
  8. Reach out to patients: Instead of sending out impersonal letters, you can discuss lab results and share other health developments in a more personable manner with your patients.
  9. Print out documents to take with you: Print out lists of immunizations or prescriptions to take with you to doctor’s appointments or to help you fill out forms instead of trying to remember or having to write everything down.

News and Information

Find out what Google is doing to bring news and information to you via Google Health.

  1. Customized news and content: Depending on your goals or medical conditions, Google will share news stories and informative links on the same subjects.
  2. Browse all…services: Link to third party health services — after granting them permission to access your state and federal-protected records — to find more information about your conditions and medications.
  3. Google Health Advisory Council: Read about the doctors and experts who are designing and consulting for Google Health, and watch a video to get tips on using the tool.
  4. Connect to Google Search: There’s a search box located in Google Health that will display Google results for any questions or searches you have.

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20 Amazing Facts About Twins

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October 12th, 2010

By Kitty Holman

Twins have fascinated mankind for thousands of years. Even today, when having five or even six little ones in a go isn’t impossible, twins still draw attention, speculation and intrigue. Yet many still don’t know all that much about what causes the phenomenon or what it really means to be a twin. Whether you’re in nursing school or just like learning about the medical field, here are some interesting, amazing and fun facts about twins you might like to know.

  1. A whopping 22% of twins are left handed. Amongst the general population, the number shrinks to 10%. Handedness isn’t always a clearly genetic trait, and the factors that go into it can be quite complex. In fact, scientists are not even entirely sure how or why so many twins are left-handed – just that it very likely has to do with a connection between a genetic predisposition for twinning and a genetic bias for left handedness. Why are the two connected? We still don’t know.
  2. Rates of twin births vary by location. Certain areas of the world and our own nation have much higher rates of twin births than other places. For instance, if you live in Massachusetts, New Jersey or Connecticut, the twinning rate is 25% higher than the general populace. On the flip side, Hawaii and New Mexico have a twin birth rate 30% lower than that of the national average. Scientists believe that this propensity for multiple births is the product of multiple factors involving fertility drugs, heredity, food choices and age.
  3. While most people are only familiar with identical and fraternal twins, there are actually 7 different types of twins. They are: identical, fraternal, half-identical, mirror image twins, mixed chromosome twins, superfecundation, and superfetation. Those other than identical and fraternal can be quite rare.
  4. Twins do not have to be born on the same date. In fact, they can be born surprisingly far apart. The longest recorded gap between twin births is 85 days. How does this happen? The simplest explanation comes when one twin is born just before midnight and the other after. In cases where there is a longer gap, it’s often because one twin is born early due to complications, while the other is left in the womb to further develop. This is much safer for the second baby and can help improve survival rates.
  5. Twins do not have to have the same father. While we often think of twins as having the same mother and father, it’s possible for a woman to give birth to two children on the same day who don’t share a father. This phenomenon is called heteropaternal superfecundation. It happens when a woman releases multiple eggs, each fertilized by sperm from separate instances of sexual intercourse. It’s uncommon, but genetic testing has shown that it is possible.
  6. Identical twins have different fingerprints. Some people might think that identical twins are the same right down to those whorls and swirls on their fingerprints, but while identical twins share most of their genetic material, identical fingerprints aren’t among them. While the fingerprints may be very similar, on close examination it is possible to tell them apart – much like the twins themselves.
  7. About 25% of identical twins are called mirror image twins. This means that they are, in fact, identical, but only in the way that your reflection in a mirror is an identical image of you. For example, if one twin has a mole under her right eye, the other will have it under her left eye. Scientists think this is due to the fertilized egg splitting later than the norm for identical twins, around nine to twelve days after fertilization.
  8. Identical twins have almost identical brainwave patterns. The notion that twins think alike just might be true. Research on identical twins shows that they have almost perfectly matching brainwave patterns. Some think this could explain twins’ abilities to know what the other is thinking and feeling.
  9. Twins can celebrate their twinning in Twinsberg, Ohio. If you or your children are twins, you can head to this city in Ohio to celebrate the Twins Days Festival. You’ll be amid a sea of look-alikes, with twins, triplets and multiples from all over the nation converging on this town to celebrate being a twin.
  10. Twins often develop their own language. This phenomena is called idioglossia. It’s something that has fascinated people about twins for years, but it’s really a relatively simple and easily understandable process. It happens when one twin models the disordered or incorrect speech of the other, leading to both twins using the same grammatical or speech sound errors. It sounds like a foreign language, but is really just a normal part of cognitive development.
  11. Identical twins can be of different sexes. It might sound strange to stay that identical twins can be different when it comes to gender, but technically speaking it is possible. It happens when the egg splitting process doesn’t happen quite as it should, resulting in twins that display genetic abnormalities like Klinefelter’s syndrome. This means one twin might have the right correlation of XX or XY while the other has XXY.
  12. Twins share DNA, but it is not identical. While identical twins come from the same sperm and egg, their DNA isn’t necessarily identical, according to new research. Scientists used to think differences in twins were due to environmental factors; they now know that isn’t the only force causing variations. Genetic studies have demonstrated that there are certain points where twins will veer away from one another, with one carrying different or multiple copies of the same gene.
  13. Certain diets may increase your chances of having twins. What a woman eats can help increase her chances of having twins, or so researchers think. While genetics obviously plays a big role, diet can also influence this phenomenon. Researchers have found that women who eat dairy and animal products are much more likely to have twins than those that don’t. This is likely due to a protein called IGF that increases the sensitivity of the ovaries to hormones that cause ovulation.
  14. Fraternal twinning is genetically predisposed. Identical twinning is random. Fraternal twinning is the result of a woman releasing multiple eggs at the same time, and is largely the result of a genetic predisposition to release this extras. Identical twins, however, are the result of a random split of a single egg, something which cannot be genetically predisposed. In recent years, the number of fraternal twins has risen in response to fertility treatments, while the number of identical twin births has stayed the same.
  15. Fraternal twins can have vastly different skin colors. This is an incredibly rare phenomenon (the odds of such births are 1 in a million according to some experts), but it does happen. When parents of mixed or different races have twins, they can have quite different skin colors upon birth. A number of cases have made the news in recent years and have fascinated the public at large. Because fraternal twins don’t share identical genetic material, one may inherit the genes for one skin color, the other another. The parents provide potential coding for either.
  16. Twins can have different gestational age. When it comes to fraternal twins, fertilization doesn’t always have to happen at the same time. Fraternal twinning is the product of releasing two eggs within the same cycle, and the eggs are not necessarily released on the same day. One egg may be fertilized days (even weeks) before the other, leading to a difference – however slight – in the age and development of the twins.
  17. 27 lbs and 12oz is the heaviest combined birth weight of any set of twins. if you think it would be rough to carry around and deliver one 14-pound baby, then imagine doing it with two. That’s just what happened in this case, the largest twin birth on record. Of course, it doesn’t hold a candle to the largest singleton birth weight of 23 pounds.
  18. Twins separated at birth and reunited are often found to be eerily similar in personality and interests. The studies that discovered this fact, however, have widely been condemned as some of the cruelest and morally repugnant in medical history. During the 60’s and 70’s, identical twins were separated at birth in an attempt to determine whether it was nature or nurture that determined their personalities. However unethical, the study demonstrated that a great deal of who we are comes from our genes; many of the twins bore uncanny similarities in personality and preferences despite spending decades apart.
  19. Scientists believe that the number of twin conceptions greatly outnumbers the number of twin births. Twin conceptions are much more common than many people realize. Of course, these conceptions do not always result in the birth of two healthy babies. Very often, one of the fertilized eggs or embryos will be reabsorbed into the mother’s womb in a phenomenon called “vanishing twin syndrome.”
  20. The incidence of twin types and genders are oddly symmetrical. These facts about twinning are sure to leave you in awe. One third of all twins born are identical, one third are same sex fraternal and one third are male/female fraternal. Of the identical twins, half are male/male and half are female/female. Of the same sex fraternal, half are male/male and half are female/female.

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20 Surprising Celebs Who Have Finished a Marathon

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October 10th, 2010

One of the hardest parts about getting healthy and strong is believing that we can change our lifestyle and achieve our goals. Training for a marathon might seem like an overwhelming, if not impossible, journey towards wellness, but it can give you a concrete goal to work on every day, gradually transforming your body and your perspective on health and fitness. Here are 20 celebrities who worked hard to finish marathons, whether to raise money for a cause, lose weight, or rebound from a setback.

  1. Princess Beatrice: Twenty-one-year-old Princess Beatrice was the first royal to complete a marathon, finishing the London Marathon tied to over 30 friends in April 2010.
  2. Sean Combs: Then known as P.Diddy, Sean Combs finished the New York City Marathon in 2003, despite suffering seizing legs at mile 12. He finished in 4:14:54.
  3. Mario Lopez: Knockout Fitness writer — and oh, yeah, A.C. Slater — actually was a wrestler in real life as a kid but got into running when he was older. He ran the Boston Marathon in 2002 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America charity.
  4. Richard Branson: Entrepreneur Richard Branson also ran with Princess Beatrice in the 2010 London Marathon. The 60-year-old ran to raise money for Virgin Unite.
  5. Dexter Holland: The Offspring rocker ran the Los Angeles Marathon in 2006 to support the Innocence Project, which helps facilitate post-conviction DNA testing.
  6. Anthony Edwards: The former ER doc has run two marathons: The Chicago Marathon in 2003 — he finished in just under four hours — and also the New York City Marathon in 2009 to help fund a pediatric clinic in Kenya.
  7. George W. Bush: Former President George W. Bush was one of the fittest presidents in American history, and resolved to train for a marathon just a month before the race. He finished the 1993 Houston Marathon in 3:44:52.
  8. Billy Baldwin: Those Baldwins are known more for their husky voices and cockroach-worthy abilities to stay at the forefront of American pop culture than their athleticism, but Billy Baldwin finished the New York City Marathon in 1992, in under 3 1/2 hours.
  9. Al Gore: Al Gore was more mountain man than politician after losing the 2000 presidential race, but the former VP and environmental activist completed the 1997 Marine Corps Marathon in 4:58:25.
  10. Will Ferrell: This next celebrity really threw us. We’ll always remember Ferrell’s Old School streaking moment, but apparently he ran the Boston Marathon in 2003 with his wife.
  11. Mike Huckabee: Another former presidential candidate and marathon runner is Mike Huckabee, who lost over 110 pounds during the time he served as governor of Arkansas. He has also finished four marathons, including the Marine Corps Marathon, the Little Rock Marathon (twice) and the New York City Marathon.
  12. Oprah Winfrey: Oprah has had her share of weight gain and loss stories, but in 1994 she took on a new challenge: to inspire people who never thought they could run a marathon to finish the race. Oprah finished the Marine Corps Marathon in 4:29:20, mostly under the radar, as media hype focused on the talk show host running in Chicago later that year.
  13. Meredith Baxter: The same year that Meredith Baxter began acting on Family Ties, she completed the New York City Marathon, finishing at just over 4 hours.
  14. Katie Holmes: Actress Katie Holmes has said that she got into running after giving birth to daughter Suri, and she ran the New York City Marathon in 2007. Conspiracy theorists love speculating over Tom and Katie’s less traditional lifestyle (Scientology baby monitors, anyone?) and her marathon time is no exception.
  15. Charlie Gibson: Former GMA and World News anchor Charlie Gibson was a friendly face on network TV, but he loved showing off his ferocious interview and moderator skills, catching politicians in twisted stories and confusing declarations. Back when he was younger, and maybe a little more docile, Gibson ran the 1983 Marine Corpos Marathon, finishing under 4 hours.
  16. Shia LaBeouf: LaBeouf’s career can go two ways right now: he can either become a big blockbuster action star or temper towards his fairly successful track in more serious dramas. But the young actor is also trying to clean up his image — and maybe his lifestyle — he ran the Los Angeles Marathon in March, 2010.
  17. Dana Carvey: Back in 1972, Dana Carvey clocked what could be the fastest celeb marathon time: 3:04:21 at the Ocean to Bay Marathon.
  18. Ted Koppel: TV journalist Ted Koppel also ran the 1983 Marine Corps Marathon, finishing well behind Charlie Gibson.
  19. Alanis Morissette: Singer and actress Alanis Morissette ran with Ed Norton and David Blaine to support the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust at the New York City Marathon in 2009.
  20. Sarah Palin: Back when Sarah Palin was just a simple hockey mom, she finished the 2005 Humpy’s Marathon in Alaska in 3:59:36.

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50 Famous & Successful People With OCD

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October 4th, 2010

While we all have our own little neurotic tendencies, crediting every little idiosyncrasy to having OCD isn’t clinically correct and may even be offensive to some who really do suffer from the condition. Obsessive-compulsive disorder can affect people at different levels of severity and by manifesting itself through different behaviors or rituals, but it can really interfere with a person’s everyday activities, commitments and schedule, relationships, and ability to deal with anxiety and stress. If you’re a nursing student who’s wondering how to treat your patients or if you want to understand a friend’s OCD a little better, know that it’s actually a pretty common condition that affects people from all backgrounds. Here are 50 famous sufferers of OCD who’ve managed to control their condition and find success in Hollywood, science, music, and other fields.

Writers

These writers have contributed some of the most important works in world literature and pop culture.

  1. Marcel Proust: While he wasn’t officially diagnosed — that we know of — the la recherche du temps perdu writer is thought to have had OCD.
  2. Samuel Johnson: Poet, critic, essayist and Dictionary of the English Language writer Dr. Samuel Johnson had tics, tilted his head to one side, had TS, and was obsessive-compulsive.
  3. Martin Scorsese: Acclaimed director and author Martin Scorsese is said to have OCD and addressed the condition in two films, The Aviator and What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This, his first short film.
  4. Charles Dickens: Literary icon Charles Dickens was a master at critiquing and documenting Victorian society, and also demonstrated mild obsessive compulsive tendencies, according to experts who have analyzed his works.

Sports Stars and Entertainers

Despite their grueling schedules, these entertainers, including actors, directors and sports stars, have managed their OCD.

  1. Woody Allen: Woody Allen’s neurotic tendencies are just as famous as his movies, so it’s not really a surprise that the writer/director/actor also has OCD.
  2. David Beckham: Soccer superstar and Armani underwear model David Beckham is such a neat freak, his preference for tidiness and organization are actually signs of OCD. He’s obsessed with order and is always putting things into pairs, in hotels, his closet and the refrigerator.
  3. Billy Bob Thornton: Billy Bob Thornton has several phobias and is also plagued by OCD, which inspired his song “Always Countin.”
  4. Alec Baldwin: The lovable bully Alec Baldwin is a genius at comedy and a sufferer of OCD, admitting that the condition disrupts his life and schedule.
  5. Leonardo DiCaprio: DiCaprio has admitted to struggling with OCD, citing gum stains on the sidewalk and doorways as triggers. He also revealed that he allowed his OCD tendencies to worsen when playing the obsessive-compulsive Howard Hughes in The Aviator.
  6. Paul Gascoigne: Now-retired English soccer star Paul Gascoigne struggled with several mental illnesses and conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, bulimia and alcoholism.
  7. Jennifer Love Hewitt: Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt says she can’t sleep at night if closet or cabinet doors are open.
  8. Charlie Sheen: Besides having a problem with drugs, Sheen also struggles with OCD.
  9. Rose McGowan: As a young girl, Rose McGowan and her family belonged to the Christian cult Children of God, was unfairly sent to drug rehab at 14, and became emancipated from her family at 15. She also has agoraphobia and OCD.
  10. Tim Howard: Another English soccer player on this list is Tim Howard, who has TS and OCD and has said that school was a challenge.
  11. Charlize Theron: Theron’s OCD manifests itself in the form of excessive cleaning.
  12. Cameron Diaz: Actress Cameron Diaz has OCD when it comes to doorknobs, and obsessively cleans them to the point that paint is peeling off of the ones in her house. She’s also a hand washer.
  13. Dan Aykroyd: Actor and former SNL favorite Dan Aykroyd has Tourettes and may have OCD, too.
  14. Katy Perry: Cheeky pop star Katy Perry has admitted to succumbing to OCD tendencies when she’s over-stressed.
  15. Howie Mandel: TV personality and host Howie Mandel struggles with ADHD and OCD, and avoids shaking hands and touching people to avoid germs.
  16. Jessica Alba: Actress and fashion favorite Jessica Alba has OCD, obsessing over keeping things neat and perfect.
  17. Howard Stern: Outspoken radio host Howard Stern chronicled his OCD in his book Miss America and has struggled with the need to complete different rituals to distract him from his fears and stress at entering the world of broadcasting.
  18. Jim Eisenreich: Former baseball star Jim Eisenreich was diagnosed with Tourette’s during his professional career.
  19. Marc Summers: TV and talk show host Marc Summers has talked about his OCD on Oprah and other national talk shows and even wrote a book about his condition, Everything in Its Place: My Trials and Triumphs with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  20. Ian Puleston-Davies: British actor Ian Puleston-Davies had admitted to having a problem with germs.
  21. Stanley Kubrick: Gifted director Stanley Kubrick is thought to have had OCD, too.
  22. Emily Lloyd: BAFTA nominee and National Society of Film Critics nominee Emily Lloyd was unable to sustain a strong career due to her OCD, for which she sought professional treatment.
  23. Jeremy Kyle: Talk show host Jeremy Kyle used his own show to reveal his OCD, which manifests itself in list making and licking things clean.
  24. Roseanne Barr: Self-proclaimed “domestic goddess” Roseanne won several awards for her TV show but also struggled with OCD.
  25. Kathie Lee Gifford: Long-time talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford has had her share of publicly documented challenges in her personal life, and is also said to have OCD.
  26. Harrison Ford: Indiana Jones was afraid of snakes, and Harrison Ford is so terrified of spiders and reptiles, that he says he’s OCD about it.
  27. Justin Timberlake: Multi-talented Timberlake is ADD, which we can see, but he also has OCD, preoccupying himself with lining things up perfectly.
  28. Steven Gerrard: The Liverpool soccer captain is a hand washer, according to his wife.
  29. John Melendez: Howard Stern’s frequent radio guest John Melendez has OCD just like his boss.

Business

These business magnates also face or have faced challenges with OCD.

  1. Donald Trump: According to Donald Trump, teachers have “17,000 germs per square inch on their desk[s],” and won’t shake hand with them. He also won’t touch the ground floor button in an elevator because of germs.
  2. Howard Hughes: As we mentioned, legendary film producer and director Howard Hughes and his OCD were chronicled in Scorsese’s movie Aviator. Among other symptoms, Hughes was supposedly obsessed with the size of peas and separated them before eating them.

Historical and Political Figures

Find out which historical and political leaders had OCD.

  1. Stonewall Jackson: Confederate general Stonewall Jackson believed that one of his arms was longer than the other one, and is thought to have had Asperger’s and/or OCD.
  2. Gerald Kaufman: British Labour Party MP Gerald Kaufman used his OCD as a defense for using allotted expenses for strange purchases, like Waterford grapefruit bowls.

Scientists

OCD didn’t keep these scientists from exploring and discovering natural mysteries.

  1. Nikola Tesla: Experts speculate that revolutionary scientist and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla had autism and OCD, obsessing over the number 3 and creating rituals around that number.
  2. Albert Einstein: People seem to love projecting different diseases and conditions on the eccentric Albert Einstein, including OCD.
  3. Charles Darwin: Some scientists and doctors believe that Darwin had autism, while the Royal College of Psychiatrists point to the scientist’s OCD tendencies.

Musicians and Artists

From pop stars to the masters, these musicians and artists also had OCD.

  1. Michelangelo: Michelangelo slept in his clothes and supposedly never removed his boots, leading many to believe he suffered from OCD.
  2. Ludwig van Beethoven: Beethoven overcame deafness and OCD, and is still one of the most important composers and musicians of all time.
  3. Jane Horrocks: English actress Jane Horrocks has worked to recover from her obsession with counting her blinks.
  4. Joey Ramone: Though he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, punk rocker Joey Ramone also had OCD.
  5. Cole Porter: Kiss Me, Kate lyricist and composer Cole Porter had OCD.
  6. Natalie Appleton: 1990s pop star Natalie Appleton, who was part of the girl group All Saints, could barely touch a tree on the reality show I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here because of her OCD.
  7. Warren Zevon: Rock musician and songwriter Warren Zevon befriended Billy Bob Thornton, and the two bonded over their common battles with OCD.
  8. Fred Durst: Fred Durst has talked a lot of $%&^ in his time, but he tries to be private about his OCD, only saying that it made touring “hell.”
  9. Michael Jackson: Among other conditions like gender-identity diffusion and poor self-image, Michael Jackson had “some variant of OCD,” according to New York Magazine.
  10. Fiona Apple: Fiona Apple was the poster child for 90s angst, but maybe she had a reason: besides having to battle her OCD which cut into her songwriting and creativity, she was made fun of for her condition by interviewer Sasha-Frere Jones.

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