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This Is What It's Really Like To Have OCD

Pete Mason | Posted 07.09.2014 | 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.

Does Thinking Crazy Thoughts Mean I'm Going Crazy?

Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D.

To shake yourself free of a belief in thought-action fusion, remember that there is a clear difference between thinking a strange or dangerous thing and taking action on that strange or dangerous thing.

A Humor Writer's Dark Confession

Abby Heugel | Posted 06.16.2014 | Women
Abby Heugel

I'm a person who loves to laugh -- and who loves to make other people laugh even more -- but most of the time, that's not me, or at least that's not how I feel.

Scrupulosity, A Religious Form Of OCD, Means Living In Constant Fear Of Hell

CNN | Elizabeth Landau | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion

When she was 12, Jennifer Traig's hands were red and raw from washing them so much. She'd start scrubbing a half an hour before dinner; when she was d...

The Difference Between Having OCD And 'Being Sooo OCD'

Bustle | Posted 05.24.2014 | 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.

Diagnosis, Decisions, and Disorders of the Mind

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.25.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

One line of criticism holds that the DSM focuses too much on superficial symptoms of mental disorders, ignoring underlying dynamics. Instead of focusing on and naming clinical syndromes, critics say, the manual (and the field) ought to target the specific, disordered cognitive processes that underlie labels.

Autism and Anxiety: Common Companions

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Parents
Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Living on the spectrum comes with daily challenges for the child, his parent, and his teachers. Here are some tips that can help a child on the spectrum experience less anxiety in their day and feel calmer inside.

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 ...

Is Picky Eating an Eating Disorder? Living With Selective Eating Disorder and No Vegetables

Bustle | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women
Bustle

My whole life, I was called a picky eater, but I was always assured that I would grow out of it. My parents had both been "picky" (according to my grandparents), but like most children, they had grown out of it. As a kid, I believed that eventually, that would happen for me too. Until it just didn't.

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.

Ketamine's Rapid Effects in Depression and OCD: Cause for Hope and Caution

Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

Because ketamine has FDA approval, it can be prescribed legally by any physician. In fact, there are multiple private clinics advertising ketamine infusions, for a fee. But ketamine is still in an early stage of development for depression and OCD. I have my concerns and we need more evidence for its safe use in individuals suffering from these mental illnesses.

Girls and OCD

Tara Fass | Posted 05.12.2014 | TV
Tara Fass

OCD afflicts Girls main character Hannah, who has been in remission for the better part of a decade. When it returns, we see a full blown relapse in all its eerie "glory." Hannah's first bout officially appeared in high school. We imagine her as a neurotic over-achiever with dreams of being a writer, who went overboard, as she became out of control with her desire to be in control.

PANDAS: Our Own Personal Snowpocalpyse in Atlanta

Christine M. Ristaino | Posted 04.19.2014 | Parents
Christine M. Ristaino

Since this disease is as present in my home as the snow outside our front window right now, while snowbound I decided to compose a list of what the Snowpocalypse 2.0 in Atlanta has in common with PANDAS.

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...

Doctor Without Borders: A Bizarre First Brush With Psychiatry

Matt Bieber | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Matt Bieber

Awaiting my first appointment with a psychiatrist, I look down and notice a brochure. "There is no such thing as mental illness anymore," it reads. "T...

OCD and the Art of Motorbike Maintenance

Matt Bieber | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Matt Bieber

When I came home from my first stint living in Vietnam, people frequently asked me what my favorite thing about the experience had been. "Motorbikes,...

How Chewing Gum Is Good for Your Eyebrows (or at Least Mine)

Arlene Schindler | Posted 03.09.2014 | Women
Arlene Schindler

My first experiences began somewhere around age 13. I picked on myself when I felt picked on at school or home and late at night when studying for tests because I didn't know the answers or when I worried over upcoming tests.

The Lobotomists Are Back!

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Researchers at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada have published a new study of current psychosurgery at their facility, but the project suffers...

OCD: A Way of Distracting Myself From Something Even Scarier?

Matt Bieber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Matt Bieber

This is exactly how my OCD often plays out. I spend a great deal of time trying to anticipate and avoid situations that might trigger strong obsessive-compulsive cycles. When I return to awareness and realize that I've failed to keep watch, I become terrified that something awful has happened in the interim.

My Profile on DateANeurotic.com

John Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Hi there! My name is John and I'm looking for that special phobic, obsessive-compulsive woman who has worse self-esteem issues than I do. Are you that special someone?

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.

Random Notes and Fripperies

Tom Alderman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Entertainment
Tom Alderman

Alarming concept: a TV series starring Flo, the Progressive Insurance lady. Matt Damon is having Jimmy Stewart's career. The Kardashians are having...

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.