Tag Archives: mental illness

It’s Not Always About OCD

When Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder was at its worst, it was obvious (to me, anyway) that his illness totally controlled his life. Everything he did, every word he uttered, every way he moved, every thing he ate, and every decision he … Continue reading

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OCD and Homeschooling

After reading many of John Holt’s books in college and subsequently working with him in Boston, I became committed to the homeschooling movement. This was in  the mid 70’s, way before homeschooling became an acceptable alternative to traditional schooling. When … Continue reading

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Mental Rituals, OCD, and ERP

I’m excited to introduce ocdtalk’s first guest blogger! Seth J. Gillihan, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with a practice in Haverford, Pennsylvania. He completed his doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania and specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety … Continue reading

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The Tyrant who is OCD

It has been over a month since the 2012 International OCD Foundation Conference, but one particular presentation I attended still easily brings tears to my eyes. In a session titled “OCD in the Media: The Opportunities and the Challenges,” John … Continue reading

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Back From The Conference

Well, I arrived home after midnight last night, totally exhausted, my mind full of so much new information. My first International OCD Conference was a resounding success, and I hope to share some of what I’ve learned in some upcoming … Continue reading

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International OCD Foundation Conference

Just a quick post before I head out of town tomorrow for the 19th annual IOCDF Conference. If you live in or around Chicago, there will be walk-in registration, so it’s not too late to attend. This will be my … Continue reading

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OCD is Messy

I follow a number of blogs written by OCD sufferers, and the more I read, the more I realize how complicated, confusing, and unpredictable OCD can be. I know a fair amount about the disorder. My son has OCD and … Continue reading

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A Happy, Healthy Mother’s Day

If you ask mothers what they want for their children, most would say, “I just want them to be healthy and happy.”  Truly, isn’t that what we all want? And so we do everything in our power to make this … Continue reading

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When Instincts Are Wrong

I have mentioned in at least a couple of  my posts that you should trust your instincts in regard to helping your loved one deal with OCD.  Turns out that’s not always true…..especially when we’re talking about family accommodation. Family accommodation, … Continue reading

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Where There’s a Will…

Since his early teen years, Dan’s dream was to become an animator, and he pursued this dream full force. He read, sketched, researched, interned, attended summer programs, and animated. His hard work paid off when he was accepted into one … Continue reading

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