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Spirit e-Newsletter | March 2009 | Krist Samaritan Center | Touching Lives, Healing Hearts
Ode to March  Finding a four-leaf clover, wearing green or kissing the Blarney Stone. These are all famous superstitions surrounding the famous Irish celebration on March 17—St. Patrick’s Day. For many, however, superstitions can go beyond one day a year. This month, we’re exploring the superstitious and worrisome side of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. So sit back, relax and catch this month’s Spirit.
Organized Chaos: Understanding OCD | Worries, doubts and superstitious beliefs are common in our everyday life. However, when these worries become overly excessive, it may mean you or someone you love has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  In the U.S., one in 50 adults are diagnosed with OCD, and twice that many have had it at some point in their lives. With OCD, the brain gets “stuck” on a particular thought or urge and just can't let it go. People with OCD often say the symptoms feel like a case of mental hiccups that won't go away.   OCD is a medical brain disorder that causes problems in information processing. It involves having one or both obsessions and compulsions. Common compulsions can be washing, repeating, checking, touching and counting. Common obsessions include, but are not limited to:   ♣ Contamination fears of germs, dirt, etc. ♣ Imagining harming oneself or others ♣ Losing control or having aggressive urges ♣ Intrusive sexual thoughts or urges ♣ Excessive religious or moral doubt ♣ A need to have things "just so" ♣ A need to tell, ask or confess.  Symptoms of OCD can occur in people of all ages. Only when symptoms persist, make no sense, cause much distress or interfere with functioning, may a person need clinical attention.  Before the arrival of modern medications and cognitive behavior therapy, OCD was generally thought to be untreatable. Today, treatment can help most people with OCD. Although OCD is only completely curable in some individuals, most people achieve meaningful and long-term symptom relief with comprehensive treatment.
Center Introduces RESOURCE Youth Pastor Group   The Krist Samaritan is proud to introduce RESOURCE, a nine-month educational program for individuals actively involved in youth ministry. Monthly meetings include discussions related to work in youth ministry as well as basic counseling techniques. The next RESOURCE group will meet March 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Krist Samaritan Center Main Campus in Clear Lake. Please contact Mariana Targhetta at the Krist Samaritan Center for more information regarding cost and details.
Location Spotlight  Each month, Spirit spotlights one of our partnering congregations to reveal how Krist Samaritan Center is touching lives and healing hearts all across Houston.  The Houston Heights – Zion Lutheran Church  Zion Lutheran Church in the Houston Heights is committed to touching the hopes and needs of its congregation and others in real ways—just as Jesus did—through worship, giving, service and encouragement. Located at 3606 Beauchamp, the Center’s Heights counseling location is staffed by Suzanne Counts, M.A., L.P.C., on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m.
[Photo: Suzanne Counts]
Mark Your Calendars! A Samaritan Celebration 2009 – November 5, 2009 at River Oaks Country Club
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