Help! I’m Married to OCD

When obsessive-compulsive disorder is a third person in a marriage, it can be hard to make it work. Patients and spouses alike suffer when OCD rules the home, as family members get pulled into the obsessive-compulsive cycle. Learn what you can do when your loved one suffers from OCD.

Overcoming the Pain of Childhood Abuse and Neglect

When we have been abused or neglected as children it can leave us feeling deprived and wronged by those we loved and trusted. Learn how to overcome these wounds with self-help techniques rooted in the trauma research.

Could I Be a Pedophile? The Worst Kind of OCD

OCD is much broader and more debilitating than most realize. Of all the forms OCD takes, worries about becoming a pedophile may be the hardest to face.

Friendly Competition?

Contrary to conventional wisdom, men and women can be equally competitive. Competition can be helpful when it motivates us but harmful in relationships, resulting in stress, aggression, and broken relationships.

What Color Is Racism?

People may be discriminated against because of membership in a particular ethnoracial group (racism), because the shade of their skin (colorism), or both. Black women are in a triple bind. Society confers unspoken rewards on lighter-skinned Black women.

Sexual Thoughts, Sex Drive, and the Pill

Hormonal contraceptives, like the Pill, reduce testosterone levels in women. This changes the way women think about sex.

The Essential Ingredients of Casual Sex

Men and women respond much differently to offers of casual sex, but the desire for a good time is universal.

Doubt Therapy Changes Thinking Patterns in People with OCD

German researchers develop metacognitive training as a new form of help for people with OCD. While many struggle with side-effects from medication or difficulty locating a qualified OCD therapist, a no cost manual helps people with washing compulsions.

Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Orientation Themed OCD

Sexual-orientation worries are a common symptom of OCD that is often misunderstood by both clients and therapists. These obsessions cause distress, confusion, and shame. Many are afraid of getting professional help because they worry the therapist will think they are really gay.

Sexual Orientation Compulsions in OCD

What would you do if you thought you were becoming gay? Some people worry that their sex lives may suddenly be replaced with something unappealing and foreign. OCD can cause doubts about sexual orientation and hidden behaviors that don't make sense.

Sexual Orientation Obsessions and Suicidal Thoughts

What if your brain kept replaying images that you didn't want to see? What if it kept sending you conflicting messages about your sexuality? Would you want to die? Some people do.

Sexual Orientation Obsessions in OCD

"What if I've been gay all along and don't know it?" Sexual orientation worries are an underrecognized symptom of OCD that can cause distressing obsessions and covert compulsions.

Why People Cling to Racist Ideas

Racism is alive and well in American society and may even target successful people of color. Pathological stereotypes about ethnoracial groups breed racism and maintain an imbalanced social order. Learning about the values of other cultures can help heal racism and foster multiculturalism.
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: Eating Disorders in African Americans

Little was known about disordered eating in Black people until recently. Although anorexia nervosa is much less common, African Americans struggle with eating issues too.

Colorblind Ideology Is a Form of Racism

The need for colorblindness implies there is something shameful about people of color that we shouldn’t see or talk about.

The Circular Nature of Pathological Stereotypes

Pathological stereotypes affect everyone. Simply knowing about a pathological stereotype can result in responding in a pathological manner, causing the stereotype to become true.

African Americans and Pathological Stereotypes

Although there are many negative stereotypes about African Americans, most people are surprised to learn that stereotypes are wrong. Social status determines the content of stereotypes, not the actual characteristics of the people in the stereotyped group.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the “Root of the Problem”

People with OCD spend too much time wondering what cause their disorder. People often think if they figure out what caused the problem, they will be able to fix it. Not so for OCD.
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Why African Americans Avoid Psychotherapy

African Americans share the same mental health issues as the rest of the population, with with additional stress due to racism, prejudice, and economic disparities. Learn why so many in the Black community avoid therapy and what can be done about it.

OCD Underground: Pure Obsessionals & Covert Compulsions

OCD is well known for its implausible obsessions and repetitive, often bizarre, compulsions. But sometimes OCD hides in plain sight by hijacking the brain with obsessions that demand covert or mental compulsions. Commonly termed "pure obsessionals" (a misnomer), these individuals have worries that revolve around sex, aggression, and religion.