Rand Paul, Broken Ribs, and OCD

Posted by Edward Ernest | Nov 24, 2017 | Real News | 0 |

There has been growing speculation as what caused Rand Paul’s next door neighbor, Rene Boucher, to charge at Paul as he stepped off his riding lawn mower, breaking six of his ribs. At first, many believed it to be politically motivated; then many thought it was just bad blood between two neighbors that hit a tipping point, however, now Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has been involved, as reported by GQ magazine, and it might be the new story on hand.

For those of us at this website, who work hard at ending the stigma for people battling mental health issues, a story like this is a bit of set back, so we wanted to set out some facts.

From a study done in 2011, they used a cross-section of new obsessive-compulsive disorder patients aged 20-60 years about anger attacks. 42 people took part in this study, and 50% of these individuals had anger attacks. However, of those 21 people, all of them had comorbid depression.

In medicine, comorbidity is the presence of one or more additional diseases or disorders co-occurring with (that is, concomitant or concurrent with) a primary disease or disorder. This means that the 50% of OCD patients who had anger attacks, battled more issues than just OCD.

The study found that in persons predisposed to manifesting irritability and anger, development of a depressive illness leads to more frequent manifestation of anger attacks.

In relation to Rand Paul and his neighbor Rene Boucher, based on what we know from the study, it’s likely that if Mr. Boucher did battle OCD, he most likely had depressive issues as well. Based on the article and testimony from longtime neighbors, he wasn’t very well liked and was hot-headed. And for the most part, he kept to himself. He was recently divorced and wanted to move near his children who lived in other states.

It’s not fair to blame OCD in this situation, as multiple factors were going on, and we also don’t know if Rene Boucher took medications or even dealt with any of his issues, if the GQ article is true. In our opinion, this will only perpetuate the stigma even further, especially with the minimal facts and background.

Hopefully, the next time this story hits the newswire, more will be done to help explain OCD and comorbid depression, if that’s the direction this story is going.


If you or a loved one you know battles with any Mental Health Issues, please do get the help you need. If you need to talk to someone now, you can talk to one of the many fantastic therapists at Better Help by CLICKING HERE.


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