OCD Articles

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 ...

OCD – Toilets & Pregnancy

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Hello, I am terrified I will impregnate someone by accident. Whenever I go to the toilet I have to make sure I wipe down everywhere where my Penis (or my hands) may have touched. If I'm in a shower I ususally undergo the same behaviour. I ...

Are Intrusive Thoughts Normal?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Friday, April 4th, 2014
I keep having horrible anxiety and thoughts. Okay so im 17 and I keep experiencing intrusive thoughts. They happened when I was sick and in bed for a few days and I was by myself and my mind was wandering to all sorts of places ...

Possible Sexual Abuse

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
I'll describe what's bugging me in a few paragraphs, questions at the end. About a year ago when I was at my friend's house, at night when everyone else was asleep (he probably thought I was too), my friend's dad kept uncovering certain parts of my ...

Dissociative Episodes

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Saturday, March 8th, 2014
I have recently experienced a number of dissociative episodes and been going to see a psychologist. The psychologist has suggested ERP. Will this help? Here is more information about exposure response prevention. This type of treatment is often used for obsessive-compulsive disorders and ...

Anxiety Issues

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
Hi, I am 21 years old diagnosed with add, minor Tourette’s, and anxiety and depression, and possibly ocd they have said. I have been out of high school for a few years and I have jumped around job to job, I completed my first year ...

OCD and Anxiety

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Hi, I have been suffering from OCD/anxiety for 5 years now. I am taking medication but have not tried CBT or any other therapies I had a few questions if you can help me. 1. My symptoms started when I was in my adolescence and the ...

Is This Trichotillomania?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
When I was 8 years old I developed a bad habit of pulling out my eyelashes and ripping out my bangs...it is now 11 years later and I still suffer from pulling out my eyelashes...I cannot stop. I've tried everything. It feels so satisfying and ...

Anxiety or Something Worse?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
I am constantly worrying about my health. I am focused on my heartbeat all the time; there's rarely a time when I'm unaware of it. Same goes for breathing. I worry about having a heart attack, having cancer, a brain tumor, pulmonary embolism, you name ...