Tag Archives: obsessive compulsive disorder

OCD and Vacationing

As the Fourth of July rolls around, many of us are firmly entrenched in our summers and looking forward to upcoming vacations. I know I am! But what about those with OCD? How does going on vacation, planning a vacation, … Continue reading

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It’s Not Us

For a long time I thought it was us. I even wrote a post a while back where I analyzed interactions and speculated on the possible rationale behind our strained relationships with the staff at our son’s residential treatment program. … Continue reading

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ERP Therapy, Drugs, and Anxiety

By the time my son Dan entered a residential treatment program for obsessive-compulsive disorder, he’d already been taking an SSRI for a while. A benzodiazepine and an atypical antipsychotic were soon added to his regimen. Side effects abounded, but we … Continue reading

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OCD Research Study

If you are currently on medication to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, you may be eligible to participate in a new study sponsored by the NIMH.  Basically, the purpose of the study is to determine if participants benefit from adding Exposure Response … Continue reading

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A Mom Like Me

Through my blog, I connected with Marlene, whose son Oliver, at nineteen, was the same age as Dan when his OCD was at its worst. Like me at the time, Marlene learned everything she could about OCD, talked with every … Continue reading

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Positive Family Interaction Therapy for OCD

At the October 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Tara S. Peris, PhD, reported on the preliminary success of PFIT (positive family interaction therapy) when used in conjunction with standard CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy) for … Continue reading

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OCD – An Unwanted Guest

I am not a hostile person. In fact, I have rarely, if ever, used the word hate in reference to a person. But from the beginning, I have hated OCD. I have seen how this disorder can affect those who … Continue reading

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Teens and OCD – Overcoming Fear

I think most people who have spent a lot of time around teenagers would agree they often think and reason differently than adults. Their brains are still developing. But did you know that it is harder for teens to learn … Continue reading

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Remember Machine Man the Movie?

Exactly one year ago today I wrote about Machine Man the Movie. Craig Pietrowiak and Kellie Madison are deeply committed to this film, and I’ve just been informed that they have officially launched their Kickstarter campaign. They only have thirty … Continue reading

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OCD and Humor

First things first. There is nothing funny about obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is a potentially debilitating, often severe, anxiety disorder that routinely wreaks havoc on sufferer’s lives. As with all illnesses, mental or physical, it is serious business, and certainly nothing … Continue reading

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