Essential Reads

Loving Someone with an Anxiety Disorder

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on June 29, 2017 in Shyness Is Nice
Here's a to-do list for when you love someone with an anxiety disorder.

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.

More Posts on OCD

The Surprising Usefulness of Worry

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in All about Anxiety
Worry serves the essential function of helping us solve legitimate problems, but anxious worrying serves the opposite function.

Personality and the Brain, Part 7

After his injury, music literally draws Derek Amato's attention away from other tasks he has to perform.

Learning From Chris Sharma

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in All about Anxiety
What a no-ropes rock climber can teach us about tackling our Anxiety.

Canine Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

By Nicholas Dodman on August 07, 2016 in Dog Days
Have you ever wondered why some dogs exhibit pointless repetitive behaviors? I'm talking wrist licking, tail chasing, flank sucking, shadow chasing, and so on. If so, read on.

A free-range approach to treating OCD

By Shauna H Springer Ph.D. on August 05, 2016 in Free-Range Psychology
...I just knew that my job was to find a cockroach, support David as he challenged his fears, and hold the camera steady...

The International OCD Conference: A Focus on Compassion

By Dennis Tirch Ph.D on July 27, 2016 in Practice Compassion
We look at the many reasons why compassion can enhance the treatment of OCD and anxiety.

Gambling, ADHD, OCD and Kleptomania

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in In Excess
Papers in psychiatric journals have claimed that many of the characters in the Star Wars movies have underlying psychopathologies including pathological gambling, OCD and ADHD

The More I Check, the Less Confident I Feel

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 23, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Trying to find certainty through repeated checking in OCD is bound to backfire.

Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love

By Meredith Resnick L.C.S.W. on June 17, 2016 in Adoption Stories
For these kids, the human/dog bond really does lead to hope and healing.

When Clients Confess to Crimes They Did Not Commit

What if your client confessed to harming a child, but you were sure it didn't happen? A psychologist weighs the options and debates whether to report or not report.

Move Yourself to Feel Better

By Patrick B. McGrath Ph.D. on June 08, 2016 in Don't Try Harder, Try Different!
Emotions are not always reasonable

How to Stop Mild Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior

The Mayo Clinic defines OCD as: "unreasonable thoughts and fears that lead you to do repetitive behaviors." Here’s a quick tip to help stop mild obsessive-compulsiveness.
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Have You Ever Wished Someone Was Dead?

Many of us have wished someone would die or disappear when we're angry. But how common is it to actually fantasize about committing murder?

What You Need to Know if Your Child or Teen Has OCD

Children and teens with OCD must learn to tolerate and overcome their own emotional distress.

The OCD, Super Diligent, Over-Conscientious Boss

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in A Sideways View
Being careful and detail oriented is often a very desirable at work. But is this optimal rather than maximal. Can there be too much of a good thing with regard to diligence.

Interview of an OCD Therapist: Dr. Doronn the Ironwoman

By Jean Kim M.D. on March 29, 2016 in Culture Shrink
The best way to tackle the demons of obsessive-compulsive disorder is to face them head-on.

A Misunderstanding Central to OCD

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on March 27, 2016 in Fighting Fear
Persons suffering from Obsessive-compulsive disorder imagine the world to be more dangerous than it is. In particular, they think substances are dangerous even in tiny amounts.

Why Alyssa Coco’s Mind is “Like a Burning Clock”

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on March 14, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Alyssa Coco of Roses and Revolutions shares her struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Unhinged. The Complete Story

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 29, 2016 in How To Do Life
A story about obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Unhinged, Part 1

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 28, 2016 in How To Do Life
A story about obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Mental Rituals in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
What is the "Pure O" form of obsessive-compulsive disorder? Does it really exist? And can the best psychotherapy for OCD help if there are no obvious compulsions?

2 Keys for Conquering Your Worst Case Scenarios

Sometimes our imaginations make our fears feel horrifyingly real. How can we counter this common tendency?

Understanding OCD

By Clifford N Lazarus Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 in Think Well
Here's some information that will help you to better understand the crippling anxiety disorder of OCD, how to best treat it, and why the treatment works.

Top Apps for Your Mental Health

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
SmartPhone apps and YouTube channels that can help you with anxiety, habit formation, depression, addiction, OCD, even suicide.

It's Hard to Hide Your OCD

By Donna Barstow on September 25, 2015 in Ink Blots Cartoons
One study looks at possible links between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and workaholics. They're not necessarily related, but they could be neighbors.

Treating Tourette's, OCD, and Selective Mutism in Children

Children with Tourette's Syndrome, OCD, or Selective Mutism can be challenging to treat. These specialized behavioral methods can provide treatment options for parents and therapists.

Fear of the Weather

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on September 21, 2015 in Fighting Fear
Some people are extraordinarily attuned to—and afraid of—the weather. Underlying that fear are more primitive fears.

Genitally Does It

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 02, 2015 in In Excess
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a distressing, handicapping, and/or impairing preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in body appearance. One particular body part that has been the focus of some research in the BDD field is that of genitalia. Many men obsessively worry about the size of their penis. But what does the psychological literature tell us?

Behavioral Addiction in OCD

By Shahram Heshmat Ph.D. on August 20, 2015 in Science of Choice
Like addiction, both the obsessive thoughts and compulsions can take up an inordinate amount of time, making it impossible to meet the demands of a normal life.