Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Library

  • Children, Rituals, and OCD
    When my older daughter was about 2 or 3 years old, she had a bedtime ritual where she lined up 10 of her dolls ...
  • OCD and Values
    When I talk or write about my son’s journey through severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, the topic of values often arises. Values are the things that are ...
  • OCD vs. Eating Disorders
    There was a time when my son Dan would go days at a time without eating. When he did eat, it would have ...
  • Helping Kids Succeed in School Despite OCD
    Roger’s parents were nervous about the new school year. They remembered how Roger’s OCD had surfaced. His fear of possibly ...
  • OCD and Mindfulness
    We hear a lot about the concept of mindfulness these days. Simply put, mindfulness is the act of focusing on the present moment in a nonjudgmental ...
  • OCD and Trauma
    When discussing the causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder, the general consensus is that a combination of genetic and environmental factors likely leads to its development. ...
  • What Can Parents Do When OCD Sneaks In?
    Megan felt miserable. She and her family had relocated in the middle of the school year to another city. ...
  • Where Are the Obsessions?
    It seems to me that obsessive-compulsive disorder has become the mental illness du jour. Every day new celebrities announce they have the disorder ...
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the Teen Brain
    When my son Dan was at a residential treatment program to battle his severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, my husband and I were encouraged by ...
  • OCD and Atypical Antipsychotics
    While the frontline treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder continues to be Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy, many who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder also ...
  • When OCD Targets Your Relationship
    Chuck said he wasn’t sure if he really loved his fiancée. Yes, there were times, when he was certain he wanted to ...
  • Body-Focused Obsessions: Sensorimotor Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    There are so many different types of obsessions and compulsions when it comes to OCD. Perhaps among the less talked about are sensorimotor, or body-focused, obsessions which involve a heightened awareness and focus on involuntary bodily activities and processes. Common examples include hyperawareness of swallowing, breathing, or blinking. Additionally, overattention to bladder and digestive processes -- indeed, any unhealthy focus on a specific body part or organ -- might also fall into the category of sensorimotor obsessions. I think these types of obsessions seem particularly brutal because they involve necessary, ongoing bodily processes. There truly is no escape, and this fact often plays into the sufferer's obsessions.
  • Hypocritical Compulsions: Recognizing the Nonsense of OCD
    The need for certainty fuels the fires of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Compulsions are performed to reduce anxiety by making sure everything is okay. For ...
  • My Struggles with OCD in Recovery
    "Are you being crazy again?" My wife, upon noticing my awkward and all-too-familiar hand gestures, has asked me this hundreds of times. ...
  • The Connection Between OCD & Psychosis
    When my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) became severe, he was in college, fifteen hundred miles away from home. My husband ...
  • OCD, Lying, Hyper-responsibility & Honesty
    My son Dan was an honest child; an unusually upfront, truthful boy, who as far as I know, never lied to me. ...
  • OCD & the Holiday Season
    With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us are firmly entrenched in the excitement, anticipation, and busyness of this time of ...
  • OCD & The Perception of Being Selfish
    Soon after my son Dan was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), he and I were out with some friends and ...
  • The Unpredictability of OCD
    At the time my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was at its worst, he had not eaten in over a week. I flew ...
  • OCD & Perfectionism
    Patty was feeling frustrated and depressed. No matter what she tried, she felt she was stuck. As a young child, she remembers she would ...
  • Overcoming Perfectionism: Finding the Key to Balance & Self-Acceptance (Revised, Updated Edition)
    When you’re a perfectionist, it could always be a little bit better. Every task you work on, that is. And so, the planning and revision go on and on, and the final product never quite ...
  • OCD: Getting the Right Treatment Can be a Challenge
    Over the last few years I’ve connected with a lot of people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Most ...
  • OCD & Siblings
    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects not only sufferers, but their whole family as well. Being privy to the havoc the disorder often causes can be especially ...
  • Acupuncture, Anxiety & Depression
    As our broadband speeds up and our phones get smarter, some matters regarding our health get overlooked -- especially our mental health. Tablets and ...
  • Career Choices & OCD: Finding the Right Balance
    My son Dan spent many years pursuing his lifelong dream of becoming an animator. After his freshman year of college, ...
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