Eh, I don’t know about this eHow page. It says “How to Distinguish Between Autism and OCD.”

“Understand that both autism and OCD are characterized by obsessions and compulsions.” Really? “Obsessions” which are simply enjoyable, fixated interests are not technically true obsessions. There is also a difference between a compulsion and a self-stimulating behavior.

“Know that autism has been strongly linked to genetic components, while OCD is often a response to life experiences.” Um — as far as I understand, both often have genetic components. If anything, OCD’s genetic link is stronger — especially when you factor in the odds of people with Tourette’s having a relative with OCD. But it is true that some people with OCD develop it after a traumatic experience and it is an anxiety disorder, not a pervasive developmental disorder.

“Realize that most autism patients suffer from internalized obsessions, while OCD patients suffer from external obsessions. For example, an autistic individual might be obsessed with counting or finding synonyms to words, either silently or outloud, while someone with OCD might fear leaving the house, becoming violent or becoming contaminated with germs.” I realize this says “most,” but it should be noted that OCD rituals are capable of being purely internal. Though a person with OCD does have some type of concrete fear at the root of their compulsions (such as leaving the house, becoming violent, or becoming contaminated), compulsions are often mental and done in the person’s head, unbeknownst to any observer.

How to distinguish between good and eHow pages: Understand that both good and bad eHow pages are characterized by good intentions.

Know that bad writing has been strongly linked to genetic components.

Realize that most people who write bad articles thankfully only do so in their heads.


2 thoughts on “eWhat?

  1. I there is one thing I’ve learned since I’ve started blogging, it’s that you can’t believe everything you read. You have certainly confirmed that! The sad part is that people who are looking for information will read these sites and then become misinformed. So keep up the good work with your site. We need more of them!

    • willitbeok says:

      Yep. I thought about qualifying this post with: “Not that I expect everything on eHow to be true, but…”

      But it’s good to call people out on misinformation, even if it seems obvious to people like us. We might be able to prevent at least a few from being misled.

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