Tag Archives: mindfulness

2017 Here We Come!

For many people, with or without OCD, the onset of a new year stirs up a wide range of emotions……hope, trepidation, excitement, fear. Basically, a little bit of everything as we look ahead. I find myself looking back as well. … Continue reading

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Is Thinking about Compulsions a Compulsion?

I corresponded with a young woman with obsessive-compulsive disorder who had participated in exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy and made some major improvements in dealing with her OCD. However, she still struggled at times and wasn’t quite where she … Continue reading

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OCD, Our Brains, and Us

Why is it that the idea of “mental illness” is so much scarier to many people than any other illness? We talk freely about cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, yet whisper about Bipolar Disorder, schizophrenia, and OCD. Of course the … Continue reading

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The Paradox of OCD

I was just reading my friend Tina’s blog over at Bringing along OCD, and this is what she has to say about her anxiety: It was interesting to me that though I have a lot of anxiety, most of it … Continue reading

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OCD and Mindfulness

For those of you not familiar with the concept of mindfulness, it is the act of focusing on the present moment in a nonjudgmental way. Just noticing and accepting what is. Anything strike you about this definition? To me, it … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About ERP Therapy

I talk a lot about how Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy is the frontline treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, but haven’t delved much into the actual therapy. For starters, I’m not a therapist, and certainly not an expert on ERP. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Abilify

I have previously written about the ten different medications my son was prescribed. While they all have their side effects, I’ve always felt the one that was most harmful to Dan was Abilify (aripiprazole). And even though he has not taken this medication in over two and a … Continue reading

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