'Progression equals time. Time equals death'. It's a thought that consumes Ed Zine, a handsome, athletic twenty-four year old. The victim of a debilitating form of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Ed's illogical mind tells him that if going forward in time moves him closer to death, reversing the action will carry him away from it. It took a full year of trust before Dr. Jenike would be allowed to enter the nightmarish prison created by Ed Zine's isolating obsession.Breaking a cardinal rule of medicine, Jenike decided that the best care he could offer the Ed was simple friendship. Medicine after medicine, behavior modification after behaviour modification, and even exposure therapy - nothing seemed to work until one day the exhausted doctor broke down in front of Ed, triggering a turning point. Zine had to find a way to honour the love he'd been shown by his great doctor. Using his own determination, Zine forced himself to do fewer repetitions and slowly began to reverse his mental gymnastics.
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TERRY WEIBLE is an executive producer of television programming. In the past she has worked for Telepictures, CBS/Eyemark, Twentieth Television, Multimedia Entertainment and CNBC. She served on the board of directors for Obsessive Compulsive Foundation for two years. She is a single mother and she lives in New York.
MICHAEL A. JENIKE is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is the founder and medical director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Insitute at McLean Hosiptal. He is also the founder of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Clinic and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He currently lives with his fiancee, Carla, outside of Boston.
EDWARD E. ZINE, once a prospective student athlete at Clemson University, lives with Mayada, his wife of nine years, and his two beautiful daughters, Alexandria and Isabella. An aspiring animator with an expertise in construction, Ed and his family currently reside on Cape Cod in the home Ed built himself.
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