Monthly Archives: April 2012

Dan’s Journey

As many of you know, my son Dan’s OCD became severe at the end of his freshman year in college, four years ago. Still, he desperately wanted to finish the semester, and I flew fifteen hundred miles to help him … Continue reading

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OCD and Black and White Thinking

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often accompanied by some cognitive distortions, which are basically inaccurate beliefs that usually make us feel badly about ourselves. One of the more common cognitive distortions that might occur with OCD  is known as black and white … Continue reading

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Creating Hope

As I’ve said many times before, I credit my son Dan’s recovery from severe OCD to his commitment to Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy. When Dan was going through treatment, I knew very little about obsessive-compulsive disorder, and didn’t realize … Continue reading

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DSM-5 and OCD

The current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR), produced by the American Psychiatric Association, was published in July of 2000. It is now in the process of being updated, and the next edition, The DSM-5,  is scheduled to … Continue reading

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Us Versus Them

As I have mentioned before, my son Dan’s nine-week stay at an intensive residential treatment program for obsessive-compulsive disorder was a mixed blessing.  While the Exposure Response Prevention Therapy used there allowed him to reclaim his life, we had many … Continue reading

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