Tag Archives: fighting OCD

OCD and Early Treatment Experiences

  A version of this post first appeared in May 2013: Over the years, I’ve connected with many people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder. It seems to me that almost every one has some kind of  story to tell about their … Continue reading

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OCD and The Solving Ritual

This post first appeared on my blog in May 2013: When someone is diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, education is essential. Understanding what the disorder entails and how to best treat it are key components to recovery. As we know, however, … Continue reading

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OCD and Spouses

For better or for worse………in sickness and in health. If you or your spouse has OCD, the disorder affects both of you. For the person with OCD, issues might include feeling as if your spouse doesn’t care enough and/or support … Continue reading

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OCD and The Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us, many of us are firmly entrenched in the excitement, anticipation, and busyness of this time of year. Maybe we will visit friends or relatives. Perhaps a small army of loved ones will descend upon … Continue reading

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OCD and Paris

Over the last few days we have seen the world caught up in terror over the tragic events in France. The way I feel is reminiscent of 9/11, though not as intense. Still, at times I find myself walking around … Continue reading

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OCD Thoughts or Just Thoughts?

Obsessions, in relation to OCD, are defined on the IOCDF website as “thoughts, images or impulses that occur over and over again and feel outside of the person’s control.” Those with OCD are often so tormented by their obsessions that … Continue reading

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OCD and Depression

When my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder was severe, he was also clinically depressed. I didn’t find this surprising in the least. He spent many days just lying on the floor, and he could barely eat. Even when he was somewhat … Continue reading

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OCD, Friends, and Isolation

This post first appeared on this blog in February 2013…. To me, one of the most heartbreaking aspects of my son Dan’s descent into severe obsessive-compulsive disorder was his progressive isolation from his friends.  Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence … Continue reading

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Does Worry Equal Love?

After writing last week’s post about OCD and Parental Anxiety, I got to thinking about my own relationship with anxiety and worry over the years, particularly as a mother. I worried a lot about my children as newborns, infants, toddlers, … Continue reading

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OCD and Parental Anxiety

When asked if obsessive-compulsive disorder or anxiety disorders are caused by genetic or environmental factors, the standard answer has always been, “A combination of both.” While there’s not much we can do about our genes (at least not yet!), there … Continue reading

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