OCCD... ( Obsessive Carver Collecting Disorder ) It's real !

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OCCD... ( Obsessive Carver Collecting Disorder ) It's real !

Post by Toy Maker » Mon Oct 01, 2007 10:33 am

Obsessive Carver Collecting Disorder: OCCD

Antidepressant helps alleviate Obsessive Carver Collecting Disorder, Stanford researchers find:

STANFORD, Calif. - While a trip to eBay may mean a cute sub or new CD Player for most of us, it has ominous implications for the thousands of Americans who suffer from Compulsive Carver Collecting Disorder, a condition marked by binge Carver Stereo purchases, and subsequent financial hardship. Now Stanford University Medical Center researchers have found that a drug commonly prescribed as an antidepressant may be able to curb the uncontrollable Carver equipment purchasing urges.
In a study appearing in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, patients taking citalopram, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor that is approved for use as an antidepressant, scored lower on a scale that measures compulsive Carver equipment buying tendencies than those on a placebo. The majority of patients using the medication rated themselves "very much improved" or "much improved" and reported a loss of interest in Carver equipment.
"I'm very excited about the dramatic response from people who had been suffering for decades," said Lorrin Koran, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and lead author of the study. "My hope is that people with this disorder will become aware that it's treatable and they don't have to suffer."
Compulsive Carver Collecting Disorder, which is estimated to affect between 2 and 8 percent of the U.S. population, is categorized by preoccupation with Carver equipment for unneeded items to fullfill their "audio tweek" and the inability to resist purchasing such items. Although some people may scoff at the notion of Carver collecting, being considered an illness, Koran said this is a very real disorder. It is common for sufferers to wind up with closets or rooms filled with unneeded and unused equipment (one study participant had purchased more than 20 Carver amps; another owned 10 sets of Carver speakers), damage relationships by lying to loved ones about their purchases and rack up 10's of thousands of dollars in debt.
"Compulsive Carver Collecting" leads to serious psychological, financial and family problems including depression, overwhelming debt and the breakup of relationships," Koran said. "People don't realize the extent of damage it does to the sufferer."
Earlier studies suggested that the class of medications known as SSRIs might be effective for treating the disorder, but this had not been confirmed through a trial in which participants didn't know whether they were taking a placebo or the actual medication. Koran and his team sought to test citalopram - the newest SSRI on the market at that time - by conducting a seven-week, open-label trial followed by a nine-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
The study involved 24 participants (23 men and one woman) who were defined as suffering from "Compulsive Carver Collecting Disorder" based on their scores on the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale-Carver Collecting Version, or YBOCS-CC. Patients with scores above 17 are generally considered as suffering from compulsive Carver collecting disorder. Most of the participants had engaged in compulsive collecting for at least a decade and all had experienced substantial financial or social adverse consequences of the disorder.
During the open-label portion of the study, each participant took citalopram for seven weeks. By the end of the trial, the mean score of the YBOCS-CC decreased from 24.3 at baseline to 8.2. Fifteen patients (63 percent) were defined as responders - meaning they self-reported as being "very much improved" or "much improved" and had a 50 percent or greater decrease in their YBOCS-CC scores. Three subjects discontinued their use of the medication because of adverse events such as headache, rash or insomnia.
The responders were randomized into the double-blind portion of the trial in which half took citalopram for nine weeks and the other half took a placebo. Five of the eight patients (63 percent) who took the placebo relapsed - indicated by self-reporting and YBOCS-CC scores above 17. The seven patients who continued the medication saw a decrease in their YBOCS-CC scores and also reported a continued loss of interest in collecting, cessation of browsing for items on the Internet, and the ability to enjoy the stereo they already had normally, without making additional impulsive purchases.
"Patients said to me, 'I go on to eBay, and I don't buy anything. I can't believe it,'" reported Koran. "They've been doing this for decades and now their urge to collect is gone."
Aside from the significant improvement in many patients, Koran said he was most amazed by the amount of time it took for patients to notice a difference in their behavior. "Patients improved within one or two weeks," he said. "I've never seen anything like it. No disorder I've treated has reacted like this."
Koran said future studies are needed on the effectiveness of this drug and other SSRIs in treating the disorder. He is currently enrolling patients for a similar study using escitalopram, a new type of antidepressant that appears to have fewer side effects than others. Those interested in volunteering for the study can call Stanford's Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Research Program at 650-725-5180.
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Koran's co-authors include Helen Chuong, MS, research coordinator; Kim Bullock, MD, staff physician; and S. Christine Smith, MD, staff physician. The study was supported by a grant from Forest Laboratories, Inc, which manufactures citalopram.
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Post by audioassassin77 » Mon Oct 01, 2007 3:44 pm

please dont tell my wife it can be treated. :-$ :-$
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Post by Toy Maker » Mon Oct 01, 2007 3:56 pm

Everything said in group is kept in group.
Dr / Patient confidentiality applies.

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Post by skip » Tue Oct 02, 2007 5:10 am

Hi, I'm Skip and I have OCCD.

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Post by TNRabbit » Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:06 am

Toy Maker wrote:Everything said in group is kept in group.
Dr / Patient confidentiality applies.
So you're saying "what happens at CarverFest, STAYS at CarverFest!??!"

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Post by Mr. M-500t » Tue Oct 02, 2007 6:50 am

Mums The Word ! :-# :-# :-#

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Post by Magnaryder » Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:55 pm

TNRabbit said

So you're saying "what happens at CarverFest, STAYS at CarverFest!??!"

Yeah, like Vegas only alot louder....and way more fun.

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Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.

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Post by Magnaryder » Sat Oct 06, 2007 8:01 pm

And now we're trying to infect the WORLD!!!!!


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Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.

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Post by Mr. M-500t » Sat Oct 06, 2007 8:07 pm

I wanna know what SOB out bid me on the TX-12 today? Bad Form ! Don't mess with Mr. M-500t.Image
If I don't buy something quick, Why' I think I'm going to go insane.................It's been months.

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Post by Toy Maker » Sat Oct 06, 2007 8:31 pm

Mr. M-500t wrote:I wanna know what SOB out bid me on the TX-12 today? Bad Form ! Don't mess with Mr. M-500t. If I don't buy something quick, Why' I think I'm going to go insane.................It's been months.
It's ok man.... were here for you.

Ok, 1st thing you need to do is to take 10 DEEP breaths...
and count backwards from 10....
ok, I'll count with you...
10.......
9........
8.......
7......
6.....
5....
4...
3..
2.
1

ok, now you need to call your sponsor, and have a professional help talk you down. It's going to be ok man.

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Post by treitz3 » Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:29 pm

This coming from someone who has OCCD BAD! Real bad. 500, thank god that Toymaker is not your sponsor. #-o
In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

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Post by Mr. M-500t » Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:51 pm

Guy's, It's alright my OCCD has subsided for now !
I picked this puppy up this week-end at a local thrift store. \:D/ \:D/ \:D/
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Post by Magnaryder » Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:02 pm

OK, I give....how much?

you know you wanna tell me

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Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.

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Post by Mr. M-500t » Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:05 pm

I can't reveal that ! Not much. Hows that ? :-#

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Post by Magnaryder » Mon Oct 15, 2007 8:21 pm

That's not OCCD!!!! Morgaging the house, now that qualifies as OCCD....and I'm in...kidding, but now by much.

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Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.

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