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Introversion or Social Anxiety?

Wallflower, loner, aloof, unfriendly, socially awkward. These are words that have all been used to describe people who are introverted. Most likely, if you are introverted, you have been described in these terms (or other similar words) at some point. Often, these words are considered to be stereotypical ways of describing individuals who lean more towards the introverted side of...[ read more ]

Sleep Glorious Sleep: Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia

By Dina Scolan Sleep is coveted, rejoiced, relished and enjoyed by us all.  After all we spend a third of our life in bed, and while there, we prefer to be asleep, right? The unfortunate reality is that for some, sleep is elusive. Chased and sought after but poorly attained. Many people struggle to fall asleep and to stay asleep....[ read more ]

Tips for A Happier Thanksgiving

Last Thanksgiving, my whole family gathered around a perfectly roasted turkey and a half dozen delicious, warm sides. All of the children and pets were calm and everyone as on their best behavior. The weather was chilly, but not cold. The day was cozy, peaceful, and perfect. I’m joking, of course. I have never had a Thanksgiving that perfect, and...[ read more ]

Parent Involvement in the Treatment Process: You Can’t Just Drop Your Kids off

By Lauren Eldridge, LCSW CADC Here at The OCD and Anxiety Center, our intake department receives many calls from caring parents, seeking treatment for their child’s anxiety. It is not uncommon, during these initial phone calls to hear parents expressing concerns like these: “My son/daughter has tried therapy before, and it hasn’t worked,” or “We need to do something, but...[ read more ]

Mindful Gratitude

By Colleen Pipia, MA, LCPC, CADC Gratitude. The quality of being thankful. Showing appreciation. We are taught to never settle, always be working towards something greater and that we should always be striving for more.  Are there benefits to having goals and always striving for more? Yes, but we can also be grateful for what is and find contentment with...[ read more ]


It’s a not so well known mental health condition with a hard to pronounce name that has too many syllables, but for those who have it – it’s a great source of distress and suffering. Trichotillomania (also referred to as Trich), is a mental disorder characterized by the compulsive urge to pull out body hair. While most sufferers pull from...[ read more ]

Intrusive Thoughts

By Ashley Butterfield, Psy.D Intrusive thoughts are unwanted thoughts, images, impulses, or urges that can occur spontaneously or that can be cued by external/internal stimuli. Typically, these thoughts are distressing (hence “intrusive”) and tend to reoccur. They are predominantly associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but they are often seen amongst the symptoms of other anxiety disorders. Common themes of intrusive...[ read more ]

Finding The Right Therapist

By Dr. Maha Zayed How did you choose your primary care physician? Did you find someone based on location, training, or word of mouth? When you go to that physician, do you often ask for a specific treatment, or do you accept what the doctor gives you? When most people go to the doctor, they often accept what is provided....[ read more ]

What is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is one of the most researched and effective treatments for anxiety-related disorders, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobias, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). ERP is based on the premise that by facing the fear (exposure) you will learn that you can handle the discomfort without engaging in the unhelpful coping...[ read more ]

Normal Anxiety Versus Clinical Anxiety: When Should You Seek Help

The staff at The OCD & Anxiety Center are delighted to introduce our blog! All of our therapists will be contributing their own ideas and approaches to various mental health topics on a regular basis. Our hope is to continue to spread awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues. Thank you for reading! By Ashley Butterfield, PsyD Anxiety is...[ read more ]