Recent Articles on Beyond OCD

Being Proactive in Help your Child

If ever there were a time to be proactive, it’s when your child exhibits behavior that may be symptomatic of OCD.  If you think your child may have OCD – or you’re not sure if the behavior is OCD, some other mental disorder or “normal” (but frustrating) developmental behavior – don’t wait.  Here are some steps you can take to get started and, if your child or teen is diagnosed with OCD, how you can make the most of treatment: Talk with your child’s doctor. read more »

OCD At School - Helping a Child

OCD At School Teachers and other school personnel may be powerful allies in identifying, assessing and treating  OCD.  Because they interact with students for extended periods of time during the school year, they are uniquely positioned to observe behavior that deviates from the norm.  School personnel, therefore, may play a critical role in helping identify behavior that is symptomatic of OCD. read more »

Symptoms in Teens - What Other Symptoms Might Be OCD?

OCD symptoms can be as varied as the people who have them.  But there are some “warning signs” that can indicate OCD or another disorder.  Remember, OCD and other disorders ARE treatable.  Noticing what’s wrong is a step in the right direction toward getting better. Could any of these situations describe your situation? read more »

What the Heck is OCD?

What the Heck is OCD? With OCD, “communication errors” occur when information is transmitted between different parts of the brain.  Certain chemicals that help transmit messages in the brain aren’t working like they’re supposed to.  This causes unwanted, disturbing thoughts, fears or worries, including thoughts that can be the opposite of what you really believe about things like religion, violence or sex. read more »

Beyond OCD : Just For Teens Section

Just For Teens To the Point: You Have OCD.  Now What? Having Obsessive Compulsive Disorder isn’t the end of the world.  Obviously, you’d rather not have it.  But just like other medical conditions such as diabetes and asthma, there is a treatment for OCD.  You will be able to live with OCD and manage its symptoms. read more »

What Doesn’t Cause OCD in Children

Children who have OCD didn’t do something to cause it.  And it’s important to know that parents don’t cause a child’s OCD, either.  It isn’t caused by the way parents talk with their children or don’t talk with them.  It’s not caused by how children are disciplined or not disciplined or how they were toilet-trained. read more »

Causes Of OCD In Children

Causes Of OCD In Children Parents don’t cause OCD in their children by some flaw in their parenting abilities. OCD isn’t caused by how you talk with your kids or don’t talk with them, or how you discipline them.  And it doesn’t matter whether or not both parents work, there is a stay-at-home Mom or Dad, the parents are divorced or a parent remarries after divorce. read more »

When Someone You Love Has OCD

When Someone You Love Has OCD Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects millions of people in the U.S. If one of those people is someone you love, you know that the impact of OCD reaches far beyond the person who has been diagnosed with this disorder. Much has been written about OCD and its treatment. Much less has been written about the spouses, families and friends who must watch a loved one suffer, and who must also live with the effects of the disorder every day. read more »

Managing Emotions & Attitudes

It’s important to realize that when a family member has OCD, everyone in the family experiences emotional ups and downs.  One day, you may feel as if your loved one is making great strides in the fight against OCD; the next day, it may seem that he or she isn’t even trying.  If your loved one is taking medication, he or she may also experience some unpleasant side effects initially. read more »

OCD Information for Individuals

OCD Information for Individuals If you’re looking for information about OCD, you’ve come to the right place. Learning about OCD is the first step in overcoming this potentially heartbreaking disorder. If you or someone you love suffers from OCD, you’re not alone.  Millions of people have it.  OCD doesn’t discriminate. read more »

Medications Approved for Treatment of OCD

Medications known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) have been used for many years to treat OCD.  An SRI known as Anafranil has been available the longest and is the best-studied medicine for OCD.  .    Anafranil has been approved by the FDA to treat OCD in adults and children 10 years of age and above.  Although it has been shown to be very effective, it has been associated with some potentially harmful side effects. read more »

What OCD Isn’t - Beyond OCD Resources

Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder is sometimes mistaken for OCD.  While the names are confusingly similar, the disorders are quite different.  OCPD is a personality disorder, wheras OCD is not. Usually identified in early adulthood, OCPD involves a preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism and control in virtually every part of an individual’s life. read more »

When Money Is a Problem - Options for Getting Better

When money is an issue, it can present challenges to getting OCD treatment.  But don’t give up.  Here are some ideas for how to pay for treatment or stretch limited dollars to get help. Some colleges and universities offer Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) without cost to registered students.  Check the requirements to determine if you must be considered a full-time student to take advantage of the school’s health services. read more »

Why Doing Your Compulsions Won’t Make Your OCD Better

Why Doing Your Compulsions Won’t Make Your OCD Better Research shows that performing compulsions actually makes obsessions come back stronger.  The compulsions may give you temporary relief, but in the long run, they actually reinforce the obsessive thoughts.  Here’s an example: Sarah worries obsessively that her father will be killed in an accident unless she avoids using the number four – that’s the obsession. read more »

Why OCD Occurs More In College Students

Why OCD Occurs More In College Students Medical problems can happen any time – that’s why most colleges and universities have a health center on campus.  Some disorders, including OCD, tend to surface for the first time at an age when many young people are in college.  Other people have their first significant symptoms while they’re away at school. read more »

Medication Can Help Treat OCD - But Don’t Go It Alone.

Medication Can Help Treat OCD—But Don’t Go It Alone. Many experts believe that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) tends to be a faster-acting and more cost-effective treatment for OCD over time than medication, and it doesn’t involve the risk of side effects.  In addition, studies have indicated that as many as 85% of people who complete CBT experience a significant reduction in symptoms; the success rate for medication is substantially lower. read more »

Telling Others About Your OCD

In a world of social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest, blogs on every topic imaginable, forwarded emails, “googling” for information about people, and personal YouTube videos just a click away, it sometimes seems that everyone’s life is exposed for all to see.  But many people prefer to be more private when it comes to OCD. read more »

About Disability Accommodations for OCD

About Disability Accommodations Most colleges and universities are required to offer accommodations to students with a disability (a physical or mental health problem that limits your major life activities) under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973   These laws, which protect students from discrimination on the basis of disability, require schools to provide accommodations to help “level the playing field” for students with disabilities. read more »

About Medical Leaves of Absence for OCD Treatment

About Medical Leaves of Absence If your coursework is suffering because of OCD, and you’re concerned about your grades, you may be thinking of taking a medical leave of absence from college so you can concentrate on treatment for OCD. Many cognitive behavior therapists who treat college students with OCD encourage students to stay in school during treatment. read more »

If Your College Limits the Number of CBT Therapy Sessions

If Your College Limits the Number of CBT Therapy Sessions If your college or university offers Cognitive Behavior Therapy through the student health center or counseling service, that’s a plus.  But if they limit the number of visits you can have, that can pose a challenge.  The usual treatment time for CBT is approximately 12 to 16 weekly sessions. read more »