Tag Archives: doubting disease

OCD and Transitions

As we enter this season of college and high school graduations, I’d like to share a post I wrote in May 2012, shortly after my son Dan graduated college… A few days ago my son Dan graduated college. My last … Continue reading

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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Well, I had an interesting week. I was impaneled on a jury for a criminal case, and was also selected as the forewoman for that jury. (Before you get too impressed, I was chosen at random). Each of us on … Continue reading

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OCD and Guilt

If you have obsessive-compulsive disorder or are close to someone who does, then you likely understand why OCD is sometimes referred to as the “doubting disease.” Doubt is what fuels the fire for OCD, and that is why those with … Continue reading

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The Only Certainty is Doubt

OCD is often described as “the doubting disease,” but what does doubt have to do with obsessions and compulsions? In this OCD Chicago article by Dr. Fred Penzel, he explains: If obsessions are intrusive, unpleasant thoughts, compulsions are the mental … Continue reading

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Just Do the Opposite

When Dan was struggling with severe¬†OCD, his compulsions and rituals were all done “to keep something bad from happening.” In his mind, if he moved from his chair, neglected to engage in all sorts of mental compulsions, or even ate, … Continue reading

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