© Barbara Kosoff
© Barbara Kosoff

In December 2014, I became the first person in America to be granted Social Security disability benefits for a recently discovered obsessive compulsive personality disorder that, up until now, has been bandied about as misophonia. I decided to name it Sherman Colins Disorder, because no one would do it for me. I must confess, however, that I am very able, but only when and where I choose to be. Therefore, on this site, you may find the necessary components for the “Sherman Colins Lifestyle,” which is a much more apt description. Generally, they will fall under these categories:

  • Complete silence or self-generated sound
  • Privacy
  • Independence
  • Contemplative walks
  • A room with a view of nature
  • Curiosity
  • Playfulness
  • Ingenuity
  • Pets and other animals
  • Productive obsessiveness
  • Forgetfulness cultivation
  • Reduced anger flow
  • Impulse control
  • Anxiety management
  • Presence
  • Med-taking decision making
  • Selective hypochondria
  • Brain reconfiguration
  • Assertiveness attempts
  • Intuitive problem solving
  • Persistence training
  • High ideals
  • Eccentric fashion choices
  • Discovering misplaced food items
  • Conducting positive interior monologues
  • Accidents with inanimate objects
  • Making lists of things no one cares about

If you have any urgent questions or comments about anything you may read, hear, see, or smell on this site, please contact my former psychiatrist, Dr. Alexander Sherman. Dr. Sherman stabilized me after this frightening episode of I never saw this coming and provided the treatment report and notes that traced my unsuccessful resistance to going on the government dole.

If you simply must ask me a question, here is the answer.

Illustration by Barbara Kosoff