Tag Archives: treatment options for OCD

Psychotropic Medication for Children – A Doctor’s View

  It’s no secret that I have concerns about the use of atypical antipsychotics in children and young adults. My apprehension is based on my son’s ordeal with these medications, others’ experiences, and the well-documented potentially dangerous side-effects of these … Continue reading

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Talking about OCD – Is it always a Good Thing?

This post, originally written in October 2012, has been updated: I often stress the importance of sharing our experiences and talking about obsessive-compulsive disorder in the hopes of raising awareness and understanding of this illness. But is it possible to … Continue reading

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OCD and Telemedicine

Over three years ago, I wrote a post about Internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which reported early promising results using the Internet to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder. A recent news story expands on this idea and also highlights some important research being … Continue reading

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OCD and Gluten Free

While we are lucky there are good treatment options for those suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, there is still much we don’t know about OCD. What causes it? Will it ever be curable? Is it preventable? Big questions that often leave … Continue reading

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OCD and Flooding

Until recently I had never heard the term “flooding” in reference to obsessive-compulsive disorder, but over the past couple of months I’ve connected with three parents of OCD sufferers who have all used it in the same context. For those … Continue reading

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Back from OCD Texas Conference

Well, I am back from the OCD Texas Conference in San Antonio. It was, as expected, an amazing weekend of sharing, learning, and connecting with others whose lives have been affected by OCD.  International OCD Foundation conferences, and those of … Continue reading

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OCD and Atypical Antipsychotics

Medication had a significant impact on my son Dan’s journey through severe OCD. While certain drugs appear to be helpful for some OCD sufferers, they only seemed to make things worse for Dan. Part of the problem stemmed from his … Continue reading

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OCD and Pets

When my son Dan’s OCD was at its worst, his anxiety levels were sky-high and he could barely function. It would have been ludicrous for me to suggest he try yoga, or meditation, or any other stress reduction technique to … Continue reading

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Using Evidence-Based Therapy

Beyond OCD recently linked to this eye-opening article in the New York Times called “Looking for Evidence That Therapy Works.” It states that while the evidence-based treatment known as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective in … 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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