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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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

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.

How Having OCD Affects Me As A Mother

Rachel Joyce | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

Victory is in the little battles, and I have no idea what someone else's struggle may be. I've always known that. The freedom, though, has been in learning to be awake to my own depression and anxiety and move them from the shadows into the light.

Time to Hit the Anti-Anxiety Gym

Debra Kissen | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Debra Kissen

The key difference between setting oneself up for failure and moving past anxiety is the development of a solid hierarchy, which breaks down how to make contact with anxiety-provoking stimuli in a step-by-step fashion. 

Laugh It Off: The Stigma of Living With Mental Illness

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

So you laugh. It's funny. Because it's a joke anyway, right? People like you are funny, comic relief. People to make fun of and to brush off. Silly germophobia. Silly handwashing and rituals and constant unwanted thoughts. You laugh because it's easier than facing the fact that you've lived your whole life with this.

Dead Lawyers and Dying Young People

Don McNay | Posted 09.14.2013 | Celebrity
Don McNay

"Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night" -Jim Steinman (song by Meat Loaf and later the cast of Glee) My first news on Sunday was seeing...

The First Few Chapters of a Life With OCD

Matt Bieber | Posted 08.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Matt Bieber

I hope to offer up a raw and naked account of a disease that is too often trivialized or misunderstood. I want to share something that others can relate to -- both OCD sufferers and those who simply wish to understand more about this condition.

How to Stop Worrying About Worrying

Therese Borchard | Posted 06.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Therese Borchard

Too many "what if's" and your orbital cortex as shown will light up in beautiful neon colors, like the walls of my daughter's bedroom. However, with repeated cognitive-behavioral exercises, you can cool it down and return your PET scan to the boring black and white.

Parenting with OCD

Jill Patir | Posted 06.18.2013 | Parents
Jill Patir

Looking back over the first six months of my daughter's life, I find it impossible to ignore how my OCPD has affected her life and how her life has affected my OCPD.

Damned Spot: Guilt, Scrubbing, and More Guilt

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.26.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

So far, the "Lady Macbeth Effect" has been mostly a curiosity -- a peek at the quirkiness of the not-entirely-rational human mind. But might this scientific insight actually be clinically useful? Tel Aviv University psychological scientist Reuven Dar and his colleagues thought that it might.

Why The 'Girls' Portrayal Of OCD Was Better Than Most

Alison Dotson | Posted 05.07.2013 | Women
Alison Dotson

Just as Hannah herself resists typical far-fetched sitcom stereotypes -- she's not model thin, she struggles with her finances and her career choices-- her OCD symptoms are presented in a way that resists the low-hanging fruit of a kooky character most of us never encounter in our day-to-day routine.

Catherine Pearson

Obsessive Compulsive New Moms: What's Normal, What's Not? | Catherine Pearson | Posted 03.15.2013 | Parents

If you're a new mom who constantly hovers over your baby to make sure he or she is still breathing, or sterilizes the same bottles time and again, res...

The Dangers of Perfectionism: More Than Dotting Your I's and Crossing Your T's

Her Campus | Posted 01.26.2013 | College
Her Campus

Perfectionism is more than just a need to dot your I's and cross your T's; it's a state of mind characterized by "all or nothing" thinking, holding your own actions to unreasonably high standards, focusing heavily on results and a fear of failure.

LOVE FLOATS: Husband Explores Unusual Photographic Obsession

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 10.22.2012 | Arts

We all enjoy taking photos of our loved ones, but Fred Clark's fascination runs deeper than mere snapshots for the family album. The loving husband se...