Monthly Archives: August 2012

OCD Advocacy – Is it a Responsibility?

At the International OCD Conference in July, several people asked me why my son Dan wasn’t with me. My husband and daughter (neither of whom have OCD) had come along just to see Chicago, but Dan had no interest in … Continue reading

Posted in Mental Health, OCD | Tagged , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

ACT and ERP for OCD

As I’ve mentioned many times before, ERP (Exposure Response Prevention) Therapy is the treatment of choice for OCD. However, a new acronym has recently made its way into the “OCD tool box.” Basically, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) involves mindfulness … Continue reading

Posted in Mental Health, OCD | Tagged , , , , , , , | 24 Comments

Exciting OCD Research

I just wanted to share this recent news in case you haven’t already heard about it. The first genome-wide search for genes responsible for obsessive-compulsive disorder has uncovered some clues as to the basis of the illness. A similar study … Continue reading

Posted in Mental Health, OCD | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

OCD and Decision Making

Many years ago, I saw the movie Moscow on the Hudson, about a Russian musician named Vladimir Ivanoff who defects to the United States. One scene in particular has always stuck in my mind: Vladimir (played by Robin Williams) goes … Continue reading

Posted in Mental Health, OCD | Tagged , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

Book Review: I Hardly Ever Wash My Hands

Through TLC Book Tours, I was asked to review this memoir by J.J. Keeler. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review…. On my very first blog post, I wrote about my reaction when … Continue reading

Posted in Mental Health, OCD | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

OCD and Social Scrupulosity

I had never even heard of social scrupulosity before, so at the International OCD Conference last week, I decided to attend a session on the subject. I had always associated scrupulosity in OCD with unreasonable religious expectations of one’s self. … Continue reading

Posted in Mental Health, OCD | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments