For weeks, the life-enhancing tea had unfortunately been enhancing the OCD too. But I've been off tea now for 4 or 5 days, and am gradually starting to enjoy life again even without the wonderful cuppa.
Albert's botanic garden passed the inspection yesterday. The Glaswegian nurse who inducted him was a joker: "hello Albert, you've won a prize - would you like it with or without?" Albert chose "without". "OK Albert, we'll give you it without anaesthetic".
When Albert came round after the anaesthetic, he felt a million dollars.
I've noticed this phenomenon before. It's as if the experience of being cared for by a room full of benign strangers, while you surrender everything (even your consciousness), has the effect of breaking your depressive or obsessive patterns.
This has a lot in common with ECT (except for the electricity). And I wonder if part of the therapeutic effect of ECT is nothing to do the equipment.
Actually, I've just realised something. In the recovery area, they gave Albert a cup of tea, which he drank without remembering he had given up tea. So now my theory's kind of contaminated by an extraneous variable.