Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Athletes and OCD

The New Scientist recounts a session at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association documenting obsessive-compulsive tendencies in elite athletes that are often acute enough to be rendered as actual obsessive-compulsive disorder. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense--the same traits that allow them to strive for perfection probably leave them vulnerable to some obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

So now I can use my inability to get to the gym every single day as proof of mental health, which I enjoy.

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