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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Fighting Stigma One Story at a Time

Elizabeth Barnett | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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.

The Difference Between Having OCD And 'Being Sooo OCD'

Bustle | Posted 07.24.2014 | Women
Bustle

While I'm glad that obsessive-compulsive disorder has emerged in our cultural consciousness and that some realistic depictions of it are being depicted in mass media, it's extremely annoying how often I hear people claim that they are sooooo OCD over some tiny little quirk.

The Most Dangerous Game: Christopher Yates' Black Chalk

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.09.2014 | Books
Jaime Lubin

"Never trust the artist, trust the tale." Christopher Yates invokes the famous D.H. Lawrence quote that functions as an epigraph to Black Chalk, Yates' darkly psychological debut thriller.

How Video Games Can Improve Dialogue on Mental Illness

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

While there are strong arguments for the games' unique potential as vehicles for a deep, experiential understanding, it is our experience that these kinds of mental health games tend to polarize.

Pretty Much Everyone Experiences Unwanted Thoughts From Time To Time, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Healthy Living

Having many intrusive, unwanted thoughts or impulses is a known element of obsessive compulsive order. But a new study shows that these same kinds of ...

The Parenting Fear I Couldn't Escape -- And Still Apologize For

Julia Fierro | Posted 05.25.2014 | Parents
Julia Fierro

We laugh about it now. Still, I find myself apologizing now and then, despite the years that have passed, because I haven't completely forgiven myself.

Life in a Glass Cage: An Extended Metaphor for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Matt Bieber | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Matt Bieber

Imagine you live in a glass box just slightly larger than your body. It is shaped such that you can neither sit nor stand. Through the glass, you see...

Coming Out Of The Mental Illness Closet

Literally, Darling | Posted 03.04.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

I am slowly beginning to accept that I can make my life look however I want, but under no circumstances can I sit back and wait for things to get better. Life is what you make of it. You have a choice.

OCD Expert Who Recommends Meditation as Therapy Is the Focus of New eBook

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 12.18.2013 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz applies Buddhist teachings to his work with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and bucks the mainstream belief that the brain is a static organ that dictates our actions. So it is no wonder that he is a controversial figure.

Help for Seniors Who Are Drowning in Clutter

Jim T. Miller | Posted 12.15.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Compulsive cluttering is a problem that effects up to five percent of Americans -- many of whom are seniors -- with problems ranging anywhere from mild messiness to hoarding so severe it may be related to a mental health disorder like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

The One Thing Not To Say To Someone With OCD

Nile Cappello | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Nile Cappello

Unless you are educated on OCD, have seen a therapist, or have some sort of confirmation other than your own unfortunate desire to connect with me about this -- I'm going to be honest and let you know I really, really don't want to hear your superficial self-diagnosis.