Extreme Accounts Obscure OCD Reality and Hamper Treatment

Posted by tlashkari on Jun 25, 2014

There’s a saying in the newspaper business: “If it bleeds, it leads.” It’s a clever way of saying that sensational headlines and stories attract the most reader interest. While that’s true for the most part, putting that sort of filter on the news doesn’t do much to help understand complex issues that may underlie a story. This becomes particularly troublesome when it leads to misunderstanding serious issues like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). For every sensational story about extreme behavior such as hoarding or other pathological actions (most of which aren
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Cognitive Behavior Therapy Offers Hope for OCD Sufferers

Posted by Phil Cardenas on May 30, 2013

For decades, even centuries, millions of people in the US and elsewhere in the world suffered in silence as they endured intrusive thoughts and fears, often subject to ridicule and misunderstanding. As physicians and therapists began to understand their disorder  better, they often turned to medication to treat it to reduce the sufferers’ anxiety. While anti-anxiety drugs are often prescribed and can be a valuable part of treatment, behavioral therapists today are turning to Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to help sufferers confront their obsessions and put them in a more rational context. When persistent thoughts and fears intrude
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Purely Obsessive: Is It a Diagnosis or a Distraction?

Posted by Phil Cardenas on May 20, 2013

Is it possible to be obsessive without being compulsive? For a number of years, persons studying Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) raised that question when subjects who were diagnosed as obsessive did not exhibit overt compulsive behaviors such as repetitive hand-washing, checking door locks, or other visible actions. Further study, however, has suggested that purely obsessive behavior, or “Pure O” as it used to be called, is very rare, if it exists at all. As a clinical disorder, OCD is marked by obsessions that cause extreme anxiety. While this may appear to suggest  the diagnosis of “Pure
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Recognizing OCD in Your Child

Posted by Phil Cardenas on Apr 16, 2013

Kids can be downright confusing. Trying to make sense out of their behaviors can test even the most patient and understanding parents. When does the fear of the monster under the bed or worrying that daddy is never coming back go from normal childhood anxiety to a serious problem.  If obsessions and compulsions begin to interfere with your child’s functioning in relationships with their family, friends, or schooling, they may have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). About one child in 100 develops OCD. Their brains process information differently from other children, resulting in uncontrollable worries and doubts (obsessions) that
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Study Shows OCD Higher in New Mothers

Posted by Phil Cardenas on Apr 01, 2013

Did I turn the baby on its back to sleep? Will I know what to do if she starts choking? What if I trip and fall while I’m holding him? Did I get the bottles clean enough? Some new mothers, especially first-time moms, constantly worry about how-tos and what-ifs. Is it just a normal reaction caused by mothering instincts, or is it a sign of a more serious underlying problem? Researchers at Northwestern University wanted to know. They recruited 461 women who delivered babies at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and tested them for anxiety, depression and OCD two weeks after
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HBO Program Offers Rare Look at OCD Reality

Posted by Phil Cardenas on Mar 26, 2013

When the entertainment media sees OCD, it sees comedy. A more accurate portrayal would be a dark drama by Alfred Hitchcock. That’s why the recent HBO episode of “Girls” in which Hanna (portrayed by Lena Dunham) confronts her OCD is remarkable. Rather than playing for cheap laughs, Dunham (who besides being the lead actor in the series is also its creator, director, writer, and executive producer) offers a realistic look at OCD, its causes, its manifestations, and its treatment. As can happen in real life, Hanna had her disorder under control until a “triggering event
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OCD and Uncertainty…for Everyone

Posted by Phil Cardenas on Nov 01, 2012

by Janet Singer   “The doubting disease” and the ironic quest for control As many of you might already know, obsessive-compulsive disorder is often referred to as “the doubting disease.”  This is because doubt and uncertainty fuel the fire for OCD, as sufferers feel the need to have total control over everything in their lives; to be certain that everyone and everything are okay. While it is human nature to seek answers, those with OCD take it too far. They are obsessed with being certain; certain that everything looks right, or is completely safe, or
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Teens and OCD

Posted by Phil Cardenas on Oct 01, 2012

by Janet Singer   “Normal” teen behavior might be anything but I think we can all agree that once a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder is made, it is important to get the right help as soon as possible. A therapist who specializes in treating the disorder using Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy is the way to go. The path to follow is clear. But what is not always clear is whether or not you or a loved one even has OCD. In particular, if you are the parent of a teenager, it may be hard to distinguish &ldquo
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Getting Past OCD

Posted by Phil Cardenas on May 01, 2012

by Janet Singer   OCD and Transitions May, a month of transition for many, is upon us. In my own family, we have two upcoming graduations: high school for my younger daughter, and college for my son Dan. While my husband and I are very proud of both of them, Dan’s graduation is especially poignant, as during his struggle with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, his strong desire to complete his education at his dream college was a powerful motivator to get well. Now here he is, achieving the goal he set for himself. What a wonderful reason to celebrate!
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Recognizing OCD

Posted by Phil Cardenas on Nov 01, 2011

by Janet Singer   Acknowledging OCD Symptoms is the First Step Let’s say you wake up one morning and your leg hurts. You hobble around on it for a few days, but the pain gets worse. You tell yourself you’ll give it “one more day” and if it’s not better, you’ll call your doctor. Most of us can relate to this scenario where we’ve had a medical issue, we’ve kept an eye on it for a little while, and then we sought help, and a diagnosis.
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