On Monday morning, a Fremont County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson declared that Sara and Amanda Eldritch, both 33, also known as the OCD Twins, were discovered dead in a secluded spot near the Royal Gorge. Both victims committed suicide using a gun which was found in their car.
OCD Twins Were the First to Undergo Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery
Amanda and Sarah had their share of celebrity, especially after the 2015 surgery aimed at alleviating their debilitating OCD disorders.
Since early childhood, the twins have had to learn to cope with their anxieties, most of them related to cleanliness. During ‘The Doctors’ show, the OCD twins said that, as children, they’d had an unhealthy obsession with tucking in their shirts, wearing socks with no wrinkles, and washing their hands more times than necessary.
As they’ve turned 16, Amanda and Sarah, already overwhelmed by irrational fears would attempt to commit suicide. At that time, the doctors diagnosed them with a severe form of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Since then, the twins’ world would revolve around therapy, medication, and doing the best they could to cope with their conditions.
Sarah and Amanda revealed during the show that, upon entering into adulthood, their conditions took a turn for the worse. The childhood-born obsession with cleanliness transformed in 10-hour showers, several bottles of shampoo used in a single washing, scrubbing their hands for at least 20 minutes each time, and going through dozens of bottles of rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizer each day.
More than that, the OCD twins claimed that they would spend hours on end cleaning the bathroom and removed every speck of dust from home. Just the thought of walking barefoot through their house would terrify them.
In 2015, the OCD twins agreed to undergo a new form of brain surgery, mostly used to alleviate symptoms in Alzheimer’s patients.
The pioneering surgery was to be performed at the Littleton Adventist Hospital by Dr. David VanSickle. During the intervention, the doctor and his team implanted two electrodes in the twins’ brains and a power source in their chests.
These devices were designed to suppress the electrical activity in the overstimulated part of their brain, making the twins more responsive to therapy.
Following the surgery and recovery, VanSickle declared that the OCD twins are more at peace with themselves and have learned to cope with their conditions.
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