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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

A Glimpse Inside an OCD Mind

Julie Zack Yaste | Posted 08.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Zack Yaste

I did not choose to have an anxiety disorder with depressive repercussions, but I am choosing to be open and vocal about it, because it's nothing to be ashamed of. It's part of who I am.

Living With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Dan Truong | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Dan Truong

The best description that I can come up with is that it's like a parasite that attaches itself to your mind and grows and grows and slowly infects every aspect of your life. It's like a slow, unceasing progression. It starts in your thoughts, then your behavior, then your personality, and soon, it messes up your relationships with other people.

Attention Hipsters: OCD Is Not a Joke

Maru Gonzalez | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Maru Gonzalez

As someone whose life was once consumed by OCD, I cringe every time I see such quizzes because they relegate my experience -- and those of others with OCD -- to nothing more than an idiosyncrasy, a quirk, something that warrants laughter and ridicule.

Unmasking Mental Illness in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily O'Dell

Witnessing these four young mental health advocates share the highs and lows of their healing journeys, it was clear to all present that telling one's story openly and honestly is a sign of strength -- not weakness and shame.

How You Can Help Someone With Mental Illness: What to Do First

Farsh Askari | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Farsh Askari

Instead of an assessment (which implies judgment) and advice (which implies expertise), what someone who's mentally distressed, in any context, needs first, mentally and emotionally, is some acknowledgment and support.

In Sickness And In Health? Husband Debates Leaving His Wife With OCD

Posted 03.10.2015 | Dr. Phil

Brian says he had a happy marriage to his wife Laura until after their daughter's second birthday, when Laura started doing strange things. She was th...

Video Diary Of A Woman Diagnosed With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Posted 03.10.2015 | Dr. Phil

Laura, a mom of two who was diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in January 2014, says she's become trapped in her own mind. Watch the video a...

Rare Case Of 'Seasonal' OCD Highlights Complexity Of Condition

Posted 02.26.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Agata Blaszczak Boxe Published: 02/26/2015 09:54 AM EST on LiveScience A rare case of "seasonal" obsessive-compulsive disorder in a woman in...

Carolyn Gregoire

4 Things You Probably Didn't Know About OCD | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living

A recent episode of NPR's new podcast, Invisibilia shed light on a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder that's rarely talked about: One that involves...

The Bearable Lightness of Being Earnest

Farsh Askari | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Farsh Askari

I will eternally detest everything about OCD, but it brought me to McLean and there I met Will. Consequently, I not only gained the tools to live free of OCD's constant grip, but also to just live.

Fighting Stigma One Story at a Time

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

My mental illnesses are diseases, just like my cancer, and need to be treated in a similar way. If I, myself, can't share my story then it indicates that I also have stigma so I discuss my mental health issues openly just like I do anything else. I have found that when I share my story, I have an impact.

A Life With OCD

Farsh Askari | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Farsh Askari

Saying it feels odd calling home as a patient in a mental institution is an understatement. Yet not long ago, that's what I found myself doing.

TV Host Says He Was Fired After Stunning 'Oprah Show' Confession

OWN | Posted 11.14.2014 | OWN

Back in the late '80s and early '90s, Marc Summers was the original host of the messy children's game show "Double Dare" on Nickelodeon. For more than...

Should I Go Au Naturale (With My Medication)?

Maria Senise | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

Lately, I've been pondering the notion of switching my antidepressant medication. I can't tell if mine is effective at all, since my OCD and anxiety h...

Go Ahead, Label Me

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Barnett

My labels aren't what make me who I am or how I experience my mental health or lack thereof. My labels just give my treatment team an idea of where I fall on the spectrum and help them to decide various strategies for recovery.

How Acknowledging My OCD Saved Me From It

Nile Cappello | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Nile Cappello

I mourn the person that I could have been had I not been too stubborn and ashamed to seek help and hurt when I think of how many years of suffering I could have avoided.

10 Pop Culture Icons Who Will Make You Rethink What It Means To Have OCD

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder has filtered its way into colloquial conversations ("I have OCD about the way my desk looks" "I have to wash my hands, I...

Stop Thinking, Just Move: Combatting OCD

Maria Senise | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

I want joy, peace, contentment, hope, and happiness to be my motivation, to be my source of thoughts and emotions. I need to keep building up this sense of conquering; I need to gather my fuel. I need to keep doing.

Do You Think You Are Out of Options for Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

As a clinical psychiatrist and researcher, my goal is to uncover new treatments for people like John, who have tried standard treatments, but who continue to have severe symptoms. John has tried all of the research studies offered in our research clinic, and those offered in other academic settings in New York City. Now he is my office and at the end of his rope. Could he be a candidate for a surgical procedure called deep brain stimulation, also called DBS?

My Life With Tourette Syndrome

Johanna Elsemore | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Johanna Elsemore

Popular culture would have you believe that this means I involuntarily shout four letter words and other obscenities at the least socially acceptable times possible. While this may make for good slapstick, it's never been true of me, nor is it the case for the vast majority of Tourette's sufferers.

My OCD and Me

Marco Gonzalez | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Marco Gonzalez

To this day, I still catch myself closing the fridge door or turning off a light, and I'll pause and stare at it for a few seconds... telling myself that the door is closed or that the light is off.

The Doctor Is In, But I'm Out... of My Mind (With WORRY)

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie D. Lewis

All my adult life I have dealt with a debilitating disorder -- it's called "Tell & Show Syndrome." Someone will TELL me about a new rare disease an...

What It Took For This Woman With OCD To Feel Like Herself Again

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 08.28.2014 | Healthy Living

Susan Richman's excruciating battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder began with a mouse. In the mid-1980s, Richman was fresh out of law school an...

My OCD, By The Numbers

Abby Heugel | Posted 09.20.2014 | Women
Abby Heugel

I would much rather deprive myself of certain things or stick to my rigid routine than deal with not knowing how I'll feel if I change it all up.

This Is What It's Really Like To Have OCD

Pete Mason | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Pete Mason

When others say, "Oh, it's just my OCD acting up," no, it's not OCD, you're just particular about things, and there is a major difference. Preferring a drink with less ice isn't OCD, you just don't like that much ice in your drink.