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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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Abuse

Narcissistic Relationships

Since writing Codependency for Dummies, countless people have contacted me about their unhappiness and difficulties in dealing with a difficult loved one — frequently a narcissistic partner or parent...
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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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