Tag Archives: doubt

Real Event OCD

As many of us are aware, one of the cornerstones of obsessive-compulsive disorder is doubt: “Did I hit somebody while driving?” “Did I say or do or think the wrong thing?” “Did I shut off the stove, turn off the … Continue reading

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OCD and Perfectionism

 A version of this post first appeared in August 2013: Is it a good thing to be a perfectionist? To answer this question, it’s important to understand the difference between adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism. This brief article defines these two … Continue reading

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OCD and Exhaustion

When my son Dan’s OCD was severe, he was always exhausted. At first I attributed his lack of energy to the fact that he rarely slept well. But it soon became obvious, even when sleeping was not an issue, that … Continue reading

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Symptoms of OCD?

by stuart miles freedigitalphotos.net This post was written in November 2011…. For those who think they, or a loved one, might be suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, it is easy to go online and find a list of common symptoms. In some cases, … Continue reading

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The Rhyme and Reason of Rituals

A version of this post first appeared on my blog in 2011: Whenever my children travel, I always make sure to tell them to “have a safe trip.”  Before my husband goes to sleep at night, he always makes sure the doors are locked. A … Continue reading

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Relationship OCD (R-OCD)

This post originally appeared April 2011. I’d like to wish all of my readers who celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah a very happy holiday……. I am continually learning about OCD, and the more I learn, the more I hate this disorder. … Continue reading

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Do I Really Have OCD?

As many of us know, doubt is the driving force behind obsessive-compulsive disorder. Compulsions are performed to make sure nothing terrible will happen. The problem, of course, is that certainty is unattainable, so when OCD asks the question “Are you … Continue reading

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