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No Sinks. No Soap. Not Even a Tissue!

Mathy Wasserman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Travel
Mathy Wasserman

This is my confession. I am not of a faith that weekly goes to the confessional. I am of a religion that fesses up to our sins once a year and even th...

Making Pretty: A Conversation With YA Author Corey Ann Haydu

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Corey Ann Haydu is the author of new release, Making Pretty, OCD Love Story. We talked about what it means to be a young adult author and what she would like her readers to know about being pretty and being loved.

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

Farsh Askari | Posted 04.30.2015 | 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.

25 Photos That Will Soothe Your Inner Neat Freak

DL Cade | Posted 04.27.2015 | HuffPost Home
DL Cade

"Organization Porn" is a thing now (seriously) and I totally get it. There's something deeply satisfying about symmetry.

Confronting Your Mental Health

Francisco Micheo-Marcial | Posted 04.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Francisco Micheo-Marcial

My OCD convinced me that when I walked into a room, those people were talking about me, and I knew it. It forces me to revisit the same distressing ideas day after day with no reprieve. It isolated me and made me irritable. I lashed out at those I loved, oftentimes irreparably so. The spread of misinformation is harmful to us all, and we should seek to understand before we label.

A Review of Janet Singer's Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery

Matt Bieber | Posted 04.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Matt Bieber

In simple, unadorned language, Singer shows us what it feels like to be a mother watching her son unable to eat or move: the breathtaking fear and anxiety; the "waves of gratitude" that follow brief improvements in Dan's condition; the battles with ignorant or indifferent doctors.

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...

Harm-Related OCD

Debra Kissen | Posted 04.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Debra Kissen

What I enjoy so much about working with those seeking to overcome harm-related OCD is how rapid a recovery they can make -- once they begin to see their disturbing thoughts from a new vantage point.

Carolyn Gregoire

4 Things You Probably Didn't Know About OCD

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

How My Dreams of Blissful Motherhood Became a Nightmare

Susan Gamboa | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Susan Gamboa

About six weeks after I have birth, I started a rapid decline into a state of complete misery. I would stare at the blank wall, sometimes for an hour straight, listening to the negative thoughts circulating in my mind.

6 Tips on How to Manage Your Fearful and Obsessive Thoughts

Stan Popovich | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Stan Popovich

There are times that we encounter fearful and obsessive thoughts that can be difficult to manage. For some people, the more they try to get rid of the thoughts, the stronger the thoughts become and the more difficult they become to manage.

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.

Sh*t or Get Off the Pot

Francis Levy | Posted 02.08.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Ostensibly the reason for all these electric eyes is to save water, though it's unclear how this functions in the case of the sh*tter unless they're trying to prevent OCD types from flushing too much.

3 Startling Facts About Mental Illness Stigma and 3 Ways You Can Fight It

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

The more we talk about mental illness the same way we talk about physical illness the faster the perception and stigma will change. Your story, or a loved one who has had a victory over mental illness or addiction can inspire others.

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.

Back on Track

Maria Senise | Posted 02.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

The more I create a sense of inner peace, the more habitual it will become. I'm realigning the derailed car that is my mind, getting back on track, and focusing on moving forward.

It's Finals: Take Care of Yourself

Kyle Kaplan | Posted 01.19.2015 | College
Kyle Kaplan

I can use every semester to figure out how to do what those in a position of authority, who I look up to and I aspire to be like in my own intended profession, ask of me, even with a disability. I can prepare to become a person I am proud of.

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...

What Do Normal People Think About?

Maria Senise | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Maria Senise

In order to help ease my anxiety, I have to distract myself. Moving around and being productive makes it a bit easier for me to ignore the worries tha...

Ebola and the Anxious Mind

Debra Kissen | Posted 01.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Debra Kissen

Google "can I get Ebola" and many questions immediately arise: "Can I get Ebola from a bowling ball?" "Can I get Ebola from shaking hands?" "Can I get...

Let's Stop Using Mental Illnesses As Figures Of Speech

Rebecca Fuoco | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Fuoco

Using names or acronyms of mental illnesses to hyperbolize innocuous idiosyncrasies and experiences has become pervasive in our cultural dialogue. It is important we end this trend, because making these flippant references trivializes how devastating the illnesses can be and perpetuates myths and misunderstandings.

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.

Confessions of an Email Hoarder and 4 Tips to Tame an Inbox

Mary Novaria | Posted 12.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Novaria

If there are pileups in one area of my life, there are likely pileups elsewhere, too. So now that I've begun to get a handle on my email, I'm feeling daring enough to close some of the tabs on my Internet browser and maybe even throw in a load of laundry.