Archives for Disorders

Abuse

What is Narcissistic Abuse?

Narcissists don’t really love themselves. Actually, they’re driven by shame. It’s the idealized image of themselves, which they convince themselves they embody, that they admire. But deep down, narcissists...
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Cognitive-Behavioral

Evaluate Your ERP Therapy

I’ve always felt that one of the most difficult aspects of obsessive-compulsive disorder is finding the right treatment. Evidence-based exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, a type of cognitive-behavioral...
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Anxiety

Sleep and Mental Health Disorders

Sleep is essential to the maintenance of mental health. Sleep helps to regulate mood and process emotional information and experiences into memory. Insufficient sleep is associated with increased emotional...
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Caregivers

OCD and Who You Truly Are

I connect with a lot of people who are suffering from the effects of obsessive-compulsive disorder. And I’m not just talking about those who have OCD. I’m talking about...
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Anxiety

OCD and Health Anxiety

Health anxiety (also known as hypochondria or hypochondriasis) is defined as a preoccupation with, and persistent fear of, severe illness. Despite medical attention and reassurance, people with health anxiety...
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Anxiety

Is Anxiety a Motivator?

Your palms are clammy. Beads of perspiration cascade down your forehead as your heart thrums out a staccato rhythm. Your thoughts are tangled like a ball of yarn; a...
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Caregivers

OCD Is Real

Since the publication of my book Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery, I’ve had several interviews as well as appearances where I’ve talked about our family’s story. Invariably, I get...
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Disorders

OCD and Hypnosis

I recently came across this article about Howie Mandel (a celebrity with a good-sized case of obsessive-compulsive disorder) undergoing hypnosis. Apparently while Mr. Mandel was under hypnosis, many people...
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Anxiety

OCD, Tics, and Tourette Syndrome

When my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder was at its worst, he developed facial contortions, twitching throughout his body, and some noticeable tics. As if having severe OCD wasn’t frightening...
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Disorders

OCD & Imaginal Exposures

As I’ve written many times before, exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy is the front line psychological treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Basically, the person with OCD is exposed...
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Disorders

Can OCD Be Seasonal?

My son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder was at its very worst around January-March of 2008. After floundering and fighting our way through a maze of disorienting treatments and programs for...
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