33-year-old sisters, Sara and Amanda Eldritch suffered from debilitating OCD that caused them to sometimes take showers that lasted for 10 hours and above each day.
They each finished one bar of soap during each bath and would spend hours disinfecting their face and skin with hydrogen peroxide to the point that their eyebrows turned orange. They sometimes finished five bottles of rubbing alcohol a day.
The inseparable identical twin sisters from Broomfield, Colorado, also hardly ever left the house. When they did, they would stop eating and be drinking hours in advance to the point of dehydration to avoid using public restrooms.
However, in 2015, the sisters underwent deep brain stimulation surgery, which is a surgical therapy commonly used on Parkinson’s patients, to treat their OCD. The surgery helped improve their lives to an extent and they spent fewer hours taking a shower. However, they were sometimes depressed.
On Friday, Amanda and Sara Eldritch were found dead with gunshot wounds, the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office revealed. They were found in a car, parked at a rest area at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in Cañon City.
The sisters appear to have died in a suicide pact, Sgt. Megan Richards, a sheriff’s spokeswoman, told the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting mental disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviours (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.
People with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both. These symptoms can interfere with all aspects of life, such as work, school, and personal relationships
They often feel aggressive thoughts towards others or self and most time have fear of germs or contamination.
Source: Daily Mail