Tag Archives: compulsions

Where are the Obsessions?

A version of this post first appeared on my blog in December 2013……. While I believe some progress has been made in terms of OCD awareness and understanding, I also think we still have a long way to go. Quite … Continue reading

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OCD and Reassurance

This post first appeared on January 3, 2012… One of the most common manifestations of obsessive-compulsive disorder is the need for reassurance. “Are you sure it is okay if I do this or that?” “Are you sure nobody got (or … Continue reading

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Anxiety – Avoid or Accept?

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million adults in the United States over the age of 18 suffer from an anxiety disorder, making it the most common brain disorder in our country. Who among us hasn’t … 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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What If the What Ifs Come True?

I will be sharing some of my older posts this week and next. I hope everyone is having a great summer (or winter, depending where you live :)). This post first appeared on January 17, 2012.   In browsing OCD … Continue reading

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OCD and Family-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

A recent study has shown that a family-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program significantly benefits children as young as five years old who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder. The therapy used deals with “understanding, managing and reducing OCD symptoms”  through lessons … Continue reading

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OCD and Reassurance

      This post first appeared on January 3, 2012… One of the most common manifestations of obsessive-compulsive disorder is the need for reassurance. “Are you sure it is okay if I do this or that?” “Are you sure … Continue reading

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Where are the Obsessions?

It seems to me that OCD has become the mental illness du jour. Every day new celebrities announce they have the disorder and it seems to be popping up on prime time television shows as well. After all, it does … Continue reading

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Is That an Exposure … or a Ritual?

Once again, I am fortunate to introduce Dr. Seth Gillihan, who has previously guest-blogged for ocdtalk: In exposure and response prevention (ERP) for OCD, the OCD sufferer deliberately confronts situations and thoughts that provoke distress (the exposure part), and resists … Continue reading

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The Nonsense of OCD

Warning: Parts of this post might be triggering for some people. As we know, it is the need for certainty that fuels the fires of OCD. Compulsions are performed to reduce anxiety by making sure everything is okay. For OCD … Continue reading

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