Tag Archives: understanding OCD

OCD, Medication, and Attitude

I’ve previously written about how complicated the topic of OCD and medication can be. I’ve talked about stigma and the process of “trial & error.” I’ve discussed how there are those who feel weak for deciding to take medication, and … Continue reading

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OCD and Crime

Man arrested after Jo Cox shooting is ‘obsessive compulsive who rubbed own skin with Brillo pads’ relative claims. The above statement is a  recent headline from the Daily Mirror, a British newspaper. The story goes on to discuss the eccentricities … Continue reading

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You’re Beating OCD – Now What?

For many people, the journey through obsessive-compulsive disorder and back to good health is a long one. Getting a correct diagnosis, or even just recognizing you have OCD, often takes years. Then comes the search for appropriate treatment, followed by … Continue reading

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OCD and Illness

As most of us already know, there are many things we can do to keep ourselves healthy. We can eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep. We can nurture our positive relationships and move on from our negative ones. We … Continue reading

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OCD and Support for Caregivers

As many of you know, I’ve written a book about my son’s journey through severe OCD. As a result, I’ve had speaking engagements and interviews where I’ve enjoyed meeting people and discussing different aspects of the book. One comment I … Continue reading

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Why Is It So Difficult To Fight OCD?

I’ve previously written about recovery avoidance in reference to obsessive-compulsive disorder, where those who have OCD refuse to embrace proper treatment and fight their disorder. In general, recovery avoidance is attributed to two things: fear and incentive. All things being … Continue reading

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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

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OCD and Confessing

I’ve previously written about my son Dan’s need to apologize. This need was in fact a compulsion – a roundabout way of seeking reassurance. It worked for a long time, until I finally realized I was enabling him by telling … Continue reading

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After Residential Treatment

My son Dan spent nine weeks at a residential treatment program for OCD. When my husband and I decided it was time for him to come home, I was ambivalent to say the least. As I said in my book: … Continue reading

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OCD and Sleepwalking

Sleep is often a big issue for those with obsessive-compulsive disorder. In fact, this post on sleep written over three years ago continues to be one of my most popular. Too much sleep, too little sleep, trouble falling asleep and … Continue reading

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