Tag Archives: obsessions
Where are the Obsessions?
A version of this post first appeared on my blog in December 2013……. While I believe some progress has been made in terms of OCD awareness and understanding, I also think we still have a long way to go. Quite … Continue reading
Posted in Mental Health, OCD Tagged compulsions, misrepresentation by the media, obsessions, Pure-O, what OCD really is 4 Comments
Do I Really Have OCD?
As many of us know, doubt is the driving force behind obsessive-compulsive disorder. Compulsions are performed to make sure nothing terrible will happen. The problem, of course, is that certainty is unattainable, so when OCD asks the question “Are you … Continue reading
Posted in Mental Health, OCD Tagged doubt, mental compulsions, obsessions, questioning OCD, uncertainty, understanding OCD 9 Comments
Anxiety – Avoid or Accept?
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million adults in the United States over the age of 18 suffer from an anxiety disorder, making it the most common brain disorder in our country. Who among us hasn’t … Continue reading
Posted in Mental Health, OCD Tagged ADAA, anxiety, avoiding feelings, compulsions, ERP Therapy, obsessions 7 Comments
OCD and Distraction
This post originally appeared July 15, 2013…. I’ve previously written about my son’s stay at a world-renowned residential treatment program for obsessive-compulsive disorder. After being there for nine weeks, we felt it was time for Dan to come home and … Continue reading
Posted in Mental Health, OCD Tagged avoidance, compulsions, ERP Therapy, fighting OCD, obsessions, proactive distraction, reactive distraction, understanding OCD 12 Comments
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
OCD or Just a Quirk?
Almost everyone I know who blogs about obsessive-compulsive disorder, myself included, has written at least one post expressing frustration over the use of the phrase, “I’m so OCD.” Aside from being grammatically incorrect – nobody is OCD – it trivializes … Continue reading
What If the What Ifs Come True?
I will be sharing some of my older posts this week and next. I hope everyone is having a great summer (or winter, depending where you live :)). This post first appeared on January 17, 2012. In browsing OCD … Continue reading
Posted in Mental Health, OCD Tagged compulsions, doubt, obsessions, rituals, uncertainty, understanding OCD 13 Comments
Where are the Obsessions?
It seems to me that OCD has become the mental illness du jour. Every day new celebrities announce they have the disorder and it seems to be popping up on prime time television shows as well. After all, it does … Continue reading
Posted in Mental Health, OCD Tagged compulsions, misrepresentation of OCD, obsessions, OCD advocacy, OCD and media, OCD awareness, Pure-O, understanding OCD 35 Comments
The Nonsense of OCD
Warning: Parts of this post 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 sure everything is okay. For OCD … Continue reading
Secretly Debilitated by OCD
I’ve written before about the severity of my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder. How it was so bad he couldn’t eat. How he’d get stuck sitting in one particular chair, hunched over with his head in his hands, for hours at … Continue reading