Tag Archives: avoidance

OCD and Indecision

I’ve been an advocate for OCD awareness for almost ten years now and while I feel that some progress has been made in the public’s understanding of the disorder, we still have a long way to go. One of the … Continue reading

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OCD and Distraction

This post originally appeared July 15, 2013…. I’ve previously written about my son’s stay at a world-renowned residential treatment program for obsessive-compulsive disorder. After being there for nine weeks, we felt it was time for Dan to come home and … Continue reading

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OCD and Procrastination

When my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder was at its worst, he would spend hours at a time doing nothing (except obsessing and ritualizing of course), even though he so wanted to successfully complete his freshman year of college. It was … Continue reading

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OCD and Reading

As many of us already know, obsessive-compulsive disorder often latches on to the things that matter to us most. Your family and friends mean the world to you? Let’s give you harming obsessions. You love to travel? OCD will set … Continue reading

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OCD and Decision Making

This week I’m sharing a post written in August 2012: 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 … Continue reading

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OCD, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Treatment

I recently read this article on social anxiety, and it struck me how many of the examples listed reminded me of my son Dan when his OCD was severe. Those with social anxiety disorder are typically terrified of how others … Continue reading

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OCD and Emotional Contamination

I was in a public restroom last week and came across something I had never seen before: a toe opener. This particular one was attached to the bottom of the main door which allowed me to open it with my … Continue reading

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