About episodes Articles ASk mayim. Some readers asked me to write more science-related posts, including specifically something about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. I have always had an interest in working with special needs individuals. My parents, who were public school teachers for a combined some odd years both in New York and Los Angeles, were very sensitive to people with special needs, and I was raised with a distinct compassion and consciousness to include special individuals as much as possible in all aspect of socializing and education.
First, I am technically a baal teshuvah —a person who took on Jewish observance later in life. I struggled a lot in college regarding how to introduce my parents especially my mother, who was raised Orthodox but chose not to be as an adult to my newfound faith and observance. It was hard. My own parents eventually, on their own, started lighting Shabbat candles regularly and keeping Passover with more care, which has made it really lovely for my sons to see all of us observing similarly.
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PWS, a spontaneous mutation in chromosome 15, occurs in one out of approximately every 15, live births. The most distinctive feature of the syndrome is the inability to feel full; because of this, PWS is the leading cause of genetic obesity. Individuals with PWS typically need to live in environments with no access to food in order to prevent overeating and the complications that can result from never feeling full and always seeking out food.