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Children, Rituals, and OCD

  by teerapun, freedigitalphotos.net  This post originally appeared November 2011: When my daughter was two or three years old, she had a bedtime ritual where she lined up ten of her dolls and stuffed animals on the floor. They had to be … Continue reading

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OCD and Twins

It is widely accepted that the causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder involve both genetic and environmental factors, and this theory has been supported by research. While OCD has been known to “run in families,” this doesn’t really tell us whether genes … Continue reading

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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

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OCD and Concentration

When my son Dan’s OCD was severe, he seemed distracted most of the time. When I’d try to have a conversation with him, he’d either look right through me, oblivious to what I was saying, or he’d stare into the … Continue reading

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Deep Brain Stimulation for OCD – Taking It To The Next Level

As we know, exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy is the front line psychological treatment for OCD. Many people are also helped by medication. While I’ve written before about confusion surrounding treatment resistant OCD, the fact remains that there are … Continue reading

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OCD, Motivation, and Self-Efficacy

Whether we have obsessive-compulsive disorder or not, I think most of us can relate to lacking motivation at times. We are tired, it’s just easier “not to______”(fill in your own blank), we are going to fail anyway, we don’t see … 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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