OCD Articles

Could I have Asperger’s syndrome

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, August 10th, 2014
From Scotland: Could I have Asperger's syndrome? Here's a list of my issues: Limited eye contact especially with new people Very little social interaction with people Sensitivity to loud noise, bright lights and tags on my clothing Bad short term memory but great long term memory Inability to understand sarcasm Not great ...

Out of Control Nail Biting…When Is It Time to See a Doctor?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, August 10th, 2014
I have been biting my nails since, according to my family, I was about 3 or 4 years old. I have been trying to stop, off and on, since age 10. I have done everything I can find online...fake nails, band aids on ...

Is this OCD?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, July 28th, 2014
From Hong Kong: Hi there, I am wondering if this is characteristic of OCD. I have to do everything twice. For example, I cannot turn a light switch on just once, i have to turn it on, then off, then on again. This does not just apply ...

Will Studying Psychology Help Me with Depression?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, July 24th, 2014
i am a 24 year old female from India.i am suffering from depression and obsessive compulsive disorder for the past 7 years and i am on medication.i have completed bachelors degree in electronics and communication engineering. i very much wish to pursue psychological science.It has always ...

Intrusive Thoughts and OCD

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, July 21st, 2014
For the last few months, I've had constant sexual intrusive thoughts and they have been driving me crazy. They've caused me so much anxiety and I started seeing a therapist about a lot of the issues that I've struggled with. It's helped me get through ...

My Wife Is Very Upset about Cleanliness

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, July 20th, 2014
From Singapore: My 43 yrs old wife is upset whenever we talk about cleanliness. Based on a therapist here, she says it is not OCD, but attributed to my wife's upbringing and values. For example: my wife gets upset whenever she sees the in-laws coming ...

Girlfriend Was a Slut

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Sunday, July 6th, 2014
I need serious help. I'll give you the background and any help or advice is massively appreciated because I do love this girl. I've been with my girlfriend almost one year and it was going great until a few months ago when we talked about ...

Are Ups and Downs in Marriage Normal?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, July 4th, 2014
From Bulgaria: Me and my partner have a 10 month old daughter. We are both very tired, sleep deprived etc, you know all the stress that comes in a package with the joy of being a first time parent. When I met him 2 years ago ...

Is it ADD/ADHD?

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, June 28th, 2014
My son was recently given a disciplinary note from his teach because he distracts other kids in class he lacks focus and concentration and he does not complete tasks. His teacher stated that he does not follow any instructions given to him and he does ...

How to Help an Older Adult Recognize They Have an Issue?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
My cousin "Robin" is 58. She’s single and lives alone. I'm her only family and I live 300 miles away. She is about to lose her job due to her personality disorder. She’s an intelligent woman, but over the course of the last 20 years ...

Can Paternal Age & My Mental Illness Increase Schizophrenia Risk?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, June 21st, 2014
Hello. Due to obsessive compulsive disorder I have developed a new obsession that is causing me so much concern I am unable to think about anything else and in desperate need of some reassurance! Firstly I have suffered all my life with mental health problems. ...

Quick Question About My Therapist

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, June 15th, 2014
I had been seeing my therapist for 2 and a half years. Last week she dropped a bombshell on me and told me she couldn't be my therapist anymore because she didn't feel like she could help me with my OCD. She said it would ...