Answer Key: OCD

Lesson Plan: Battling Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder  and Winning

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. retire  |rəˈtī(ə)r| verb – go to bed: everyone retired early that night.
  2. initiate verb |iˈniSHēˌāt| [with object] cause (a process or action) to begin: he proposes to initiate discussions on planning procedures.
  3. humiliating |(h)yo͞oˈmilēˌādiNG| adjective -causing someone to feel ashamed and foolish by injuring their dignity and self-respect: a humiliating defeat.
  4. depressed |dəˈprest| adjective (of a person) in a state of general unhappiness or despondency.
  5. misfire verb |ˌmisˈfī(ə)r| [no object] • (of a nerve cell) fail to transmit an electrical impulse at an appropriate momen
  6. snowball |ˈsnōˌbôl| verb-increase rapidly in size, intensity, or importance: the campaign was snowballing.
  7. chore |CHôr| noun a routine task, especially a household one.
  8. nightmare  |ˈnītˌmer| noun- a person, thing, or situation that is very difficult to deal with: buying wine can be a nightmare if you don’t know enough about it.
  9. implications |ˌimpləˈkāSH(ə)n| noun- the conclusion that can be drawn from something, although it is not explicitly stated: the implication is that no one person at the bank is responsible.
  10. mull   |məl| verb [with object] think about (a fact, proposal, or request) deeply and at length: she began to mull over the various possibilities.

Source:  New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension


I spent a decade lying, secretly rearranging the objects in my bedroom in order to keep friends around. But opening up enough to tell them so brought us closer than ever. I have not had a single compulsion since.

Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition

I mastered the art of deflection, expertly turning every response into a joke and steering every conversation into being about the other person.

By the end of high school, I had friends, won superlatives and no one knew a thing about me. Mission accomplished.