To improve mental health, tackle problems early – The Globe and Mail

To improve mental health, tackle problems early - The Globe and Mail

To improve mental health, tackle problems early.

“There’s a bogeyman that terrorizes Jacob Hartley. Jacob calls this monster “Bugger.”Jacob has always been an eccentric child, his mother Jennifer Hartley says. But his vivid imagination took a dark turn around the age of nine; he became fixated with the idea that other people’s DNA could infect him and change who he was.

Bugger plants these insidious ideas in Jacob’s head, making him believe his surroundings are contaminated. It prevents him from touching other people. It restricts him from going to school. Bugger is Jacob’s obsessive compulsive disorder – and finding proper treatment for it has been nothing short of a nightmare. As Jacob, now 12, explains: “It’s like having someone there and then they just stalk you and keep stalking and telling you what to do. … I try to fight it, but I can’t do it.”….. [read more]

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