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.

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Children, Dogs and the Power of Unconditional Love

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

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.

The Evolution Of Technological Addictions

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 20, 2015 in In Excess
In October 2014, the world's press reported the story of a man being treated for internet addiction disorder brought on by his excessive use of Google Glass. But can someone really be addicted to a technological device?

Ten Steps Out When Stuck in Doubt

By Jeff Bell on August 19, 2015 in Beyond the Doubt
Struggling with doubt? Try making belief. Read on for the four necessary ingredients and a simple recipe for putting them all together.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 13, 2015 in In Excess
Over the last few years, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) has become the focus of increasing media attention. BDD is a distressing, handicapping, and/or impairing preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in body appearance that the sufferer perceives to be ugly, unattractive, and/or deformed. But what does the psychological literature tell us?

Overcoming Garden Variety Moodiness

If you tend to moodiness and would like an approach that is "psychology" or "psychiatry light," give this a try.

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In and out of psychotherapy since age 14.

When a Joke Raises Questions About Mental Health Awareness

By Darren Sush Psy.D., BCBA-D on May 29, 2015 in All the Pieces
As Mental Health Awareness month comes to a close, I hope that we can raise our acceptance and understanding of psychological conditions, whether they be related to OCD, depression, personality disorders or autism, and find something funnier to laugh about.

Body Punishment

By The Book Brigade on April 16, 2015 in The Author Speaks
Obsessive-compulsive disorder takes many forms, but all of them involve repetitive behaviors that often create vicious cycles of anxiety and shame. Maggie Lamond Simone punished herself to maintain a public face—until the same disorder was diagnosed in her child. Only then did the healing begin.

Time to Tidy Up Your Head

By Susan B. Winston LMFT on April 13, 2015 in Shift Happens
When a book about tidying up your home hits the top of the best seller's list, there's got to be something worth reading in it. Or maybe this is just a wake up call for all of us to look at the kind of cleaning up we really need to do. The author asks that you completely empty your drawers and closets. I ask that you completely empty out your head.

One Warning Sign That He May Not Be the Best Lover

By Donna Barstow on March 31, 2015 in Ink Blots Cartoons
A cartoon about OCD and food obsessions.