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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday-A-Phobia Test: Can you diagnose and help holiday guests? There is no better time than the holidays and New Years, when we have extended time together, to help a friend or relative with an undiagnosed anxiety disorder.  You can easily diagnose which guests at your holiday gathering have the following conditions. Social phobia:  How many invitees never show up or leave early, avoid eye contact or give one word answers?  Social phobia is not just for loners and introverts.  Many extroverted, gregarious, and talkative people who are the life of the party are actually social phobics overcompensating to avoid awkward pauses or being judged.  How often does someone justify their behavior or opinions?  Others avoid self consciousness though alcohol.  The same is true of the approval seeking host, trying too hard to make sure guests are happy. Contamination OCD:  How many hosts compulsively clean, have a spotless home, ask you to take off your shoes, straighten picture frames on the wall, keep putting things back in order, or check candles.  How many guests avoid germs from kisses, and use a napkin when serving from platters and glassware handled by others? How many arrive substantially later than everyone, after compulsively checking their door lock or driving repetitively around the block. Hoarding OCD: How many friends and relatives never invite guests to their home and keep making excuses or always meet elsewhere? Body Dismorphic OCD:  Who is completely covered up in warm climates, has thin tweezed eyebrows, lots of base makeup, keeps squeezing abdominal fat to check if they are fat, has hair that looks as if they are using it to conceal some feature? Scrupulosity: Which guests feel guilty if they don't constantly help? Who repeatedly asks for forgiveness, asks if they hurt your feelings, habitually apologizes while talking, or expresses guilt? Religious OCD: Who is the last to leave church, or repeats blessings. Commitment OCD: Who either avoids resolutions or has to say them with a loophole to avoid making a promise? Agoraphobia and Panic Disorder:  Who makes excuses for not traveling to see you, asks what floor you're on, won't take an elevator, gets anxious, faint, and sweaty in a crowd, checks where all the exits are located or abruptly goes outside
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