Tag Archives: living with uncertainty

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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The Nonsense of OCD

A version of this post first appeared in August 2013, and 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 … 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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ERP Therapy and Increased Anxiety

When my son Dan was first diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he, like so many others, did not receive proper treatment. Wrong therapy, wrong drugs. His OCD spiraled out of control and less than a year later it was so severe … Continue reading

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OCD and Health Anxiety

Health anxiety (also known as hypochondria or hypochondriasis) is defined by a preoccupation with, and persistent fear of, severe illness. Despite medical attention and reassurance, people with health anxiety either believe they already have a devastating illness or are in … Continue reading

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Worry and Uncertainty – Then and Now

During this busy holiday season, I will occasionally share some of my older posts. This one is from May 2012. When I was a junior in college back in the seventies, I spent the year studying abroad in England. Studying … Continue reading

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The Only Certainty is Doubt

This week I’ll be sharing one of my more popular posts from September 2011: OCD is often described as “the doubting disease,” but what does doubt have to do with obsessions and compulsions? In an article written for OCD Chicago, … Continue reading

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