OCD Essential Reads

Brain Abnormalities In Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

New research on white matter alterations in adults with OCD

Cerebellum Stimulation Influences Frontal Cortex Functioning

Stimulating the cerebellum normalizes frontal cortex activity in lab rats with abnormal dopamine processing, a new study reports. These findings could have many human applications.

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

A brain region known as the basal ganglia appears to be important in treating and understanding obsessive compulsive disorder.

Mental Illness and Violence: Would I Do That?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on February 03, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Many people are plagued by violent thoughts they have no desire to act on. Fortunately treatment can help.

Perfectionism vs. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on December 20, 2016 in The Truisms of Wellness
OCD is often misunderstood as a disorder that simply means being overly detailed or perfectionistic, when in fact this disorder can be debilitating for those who are affected.

3 Things Most People Get Wrong About OCD

By Linda Esposito LCSW on December 06, 2016 in From Anxiety to Zen
The bizarre, random and irrational thoughts and behaviors are not that important when treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Here's what is.

How to Stop Thinking About an Ex

If your ex recently broke up with you, you may have OCD-like symptoms. The good news: standard self-help techniques for OCD may be able to speed up your recovery from the breakup.

The 8-Ball from Hell of ASD: Perfectionism

Perfectionism is a dilemma with two prongs: the self-imposed need to get things exactly right, and self-inflicted criticism in the face of inevitable failure.

Othello Syndrome: Passion Can Be Pathological and Deadly

Psychotic jealously sometimes leads to stalking, murder, suicide

Misdiagnosis of a Behavioral Addiction

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on July 12, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Many people with behavioral addictions have been told that they have a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

4 Myths About OCD

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on May 09, 2016 in The Truisms of Wellness
Even though OCD is more prevalent than celiac disease, few people understand how to separate the facts from fiction when it comes to the illness.

Consider This for Children and Teens With OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can greatly disrupt the lives of children and teens. Here is expert advice to manage it.

Did Einstein Show Asperger's Traits?

Psychological traits of Einstein and 11 others including Lincoln, Howard Hughes, Warhol, and Darwin, and how they coped with inner adversity are examined in this new book.

The Mysteries of Habit

By David Hellerstein M.D. on November 02, 2015 in Heal Your Brain
Neuroscience research brings together seemingly unrelated conditions...anorexia, OCD and substance use disorders...which may share common -- and difficult-to-modify -- brain circuits related to habit learning.

Inside the Mind of a School Shooter

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on October 06, 2015 in Just Listen
What may cause a person to become a school shooter is when his mind becomes so disorganized that the three brains that make up his triune brain react by becoming "locked and loaded" and focused on a mission to get in and get even with a world that caused him to feel put down and pushed away.

Therapy, the Effective Kind

By Dean McKay Ph.D. on September 09, 2015 in Your Fears and Anxieties
Are Americans getting the mental health treatment they need?

Obsess Much? Here’s Why

Obsessive rumination can be tied specifically to one’s own failures – for good evolutionary reasons. Understanding the nature of rumination may hold a key to dealing with this facet of mental life.

Breakup: How to Tell If You Suffer from Complicated Grief

Sometimes it is impossible to let go of grief. When you continue to grieve a loss, your condition is called complicated grief. Complicated grief is so severe that psychiatrists now consider it for inclusion in the psychiatric manual for diagnosing mental disorders. Here is how to tell if you suffer from complicated grief.

What Is Mindfulness and How Does It Work?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 06, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
Mindfulness is one of the most important developments in mental health in the past twenty years. Understand what it is and how it works.

The Surprising Psychology of BDSM

‘Fifty Shades’ piqued your curiosity? Answers to five kinky questions.

Why Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on January 29, 2015 in Think, Act, Be
The principles behind CBT aren’t new, so why is it so effective?
iPhone Separation Anxiety

iPhone Separation Anxiety

Are you suffering from iPhone Separation Anxiety?
How to Stop Worrying and Get on With Your Life

How to Stop Worrying and Get on With Your Life

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on January 02, 2015 in Insight Therapy
The solution to the problem of excessive worry is in asking the right questions.

The Ketamine Challenge

By Jeffrey Lieberman M.D. on December 21, 2014 in Shrink Speak
Ketamine treatment of mental disorders offers great hope and therapeutic potential for many patients with mental disorders. However, the groundswell of enthusiasm and desire by patients and doctors for new treatments may be expanding its use prematurely and ahead of our scientific understanding of its use.

How Mad was Hitler?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on December 20, 2014 in Evil Deeds
What do we really know about Hitler's personality? Today, in a troubled world of political and religious leaders like the late Osama bin Laden, messianic ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and enigmatic North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, it is more important than ever to understand the underlying psychology of such dangerous individuals.

From Self to Selfie

By Susan Scheftel Ph.D. on November 28, 2014 in Evolving Minds
We do not always know where our smart machines leave off and we begin. The author describes "influencing machine" delusions which closely resemble some of our current technological realities. There are subtle risks in the ways smart machines may be restructuring the development of small childrens' minds.

The “Antidepressants” Work for Everything

On Oct 16 an enthusiastic piece was published in the Scientific American on “The Rise of All-Purpose Antidepressants.” It was simply thrilling, the author noted, that Prozac and its cousins turned out to be effective, not just in depression, but...

Ethical Robots and Brain Implants for Mental Illness

By Fjola Helgadottir Ph.D. on July 05, 2014 in Man Talks to Machine
Two recent grants provide funding for research into robot ethics and brain implants for the with mentally ill. These are both projects with exciting potential, but are not without opportunities for misuse.

Musical Flairs

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 02, 2014 in In Excess
There are a number of case studies in the psychological literature on compulsive singing and other music related compulsions such as compulsive humming and whistling (although these all appear to be consequences of other underlying conditions). But what exactly have these case studies found relating to compulsive musical behavior?

How to Beat OCD Without Drugs (It's Simple But Not Easy!)

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on June 18, 2014 in Think Well
Here's how to conquer OCD using CBT which is more effective than drug treatment, has no medication side-effects, and has a lower relapse rate. You'll be surprised how simple it is.