OCD Articles

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 ...

Do I Have OCD?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Sunday, June 8th, 2014
From United Arab Emirates: I'm 14 and Okay, I've recently gotten this feeling this year, where I believe that everything I touch is gross and icky. Every time I touch something, be it a book, a plate, a paper, even when I type at my ...

How Do I Deal with Compulsive Thoughts?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Monday, May 26th, 2014
From Canada: I have been struggling with mental illness since I was 15 years old. I had been diagnosis with O.C.D and depression at first, but when I turned 19 I started to have severe panic attacks whenever I was in public. This resulted in ...

Nephew Receives Constant Negative Parenting

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Friday, May 2nd, 2014
I have a beloved 9 yr old nephew who is home-schooled. I have always suspected that he is being talked to negatively most of the time and now that he and I communicate many hours per week by Facetime on our Ipads, it has been ...

Should I be Considered a Pedophile Because of My Thoughts?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
I'm 22 year old male. Over last couple of months I have been coming to terms with the fact that I was probably sexually molested by my father at early age. I've had a pretty hard childhood filled with low self-esteem, bullying, constant ...