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OCD Therapy

OCD Therapy

How Does OCD Affect Relationships?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can impact many areas of a person’s life. OCD presents with distressing symptoms that sometimes can feel hard to manage. One area that can be impacted by OCD but is often not focused on is relationships. When an individual is struggling with OCD it is often pervasive throughout their daily lives, especially in their relationships. OCD...[ read more ]

Postpartum OCD & How to Cope with It

We often envision the period after giving birth as a chapter marked by excitement around bringing a new child into the family. While it is an exciting time, the difficulties of postpartum and becoming a new parent are not often talked about.  You bring a new baby home and everything in your life suddenly changes. You are now responsible for...[ read more ]

Emotional Regulation Skill: Problem Solving

Emotional regulation skills are incredibly important for maintaining our overall health and well-being. These skills not only help us to work through difficult emotions, but they also facilitate positive and enriching emotional experiences. While there are various techniques that can be utilized to navigate challenging emotions, this article will focus on a strategy that aims to reduce emotional vulnerabilities to...[ read more ]

How To Help Someone Who Has OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be a debilitating disorder. When struggling with OCD an individual’s functioning and quality of life can be impaired.  Living with OCD often means frequent interruptions throughout the day to perform compulsions or ruminate in obsessive thoughts. OCD is not rare. OCD affects approximately 2.5 million people in the United States. When an individual is struggling...[ read more ]

The Importance of Emotional Regulation Skills in Anxiety and OCD Treatment

Emotions are very complex experiences, and they are closely connected to our thoughts, our body sensations, and the actions we choose to take. Our emotions are vital to our survival as they facilitate effective intrapersonal (occurring within the self) and interpersonal (between people) communications. Emotions also help us to make sense of our environments and other people within those environments. We...[ read more ]

What Causes OCD to Get Worse & What to do if It Does

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is more common than one might believe. Furthermore, it is also a serious mental health condition that can dramatically impact a person’s quality of life. While the term OCD has become a word that is used in jest or, in popular culture, to describe someone as excessively orderly and germ focused, this is not an accurate representation...[ read more ]

Learning How to Stop OCD Rituals

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that impacts millions of people. While depression and anxiety are often talked about in the media, OCD is not as widely discussed. OCD if often misunderstood and conceptualized as someone being rigid around organization and cleanliness practices. Due to misinformation the term OCD is often utilized incorrectly with people carelessly saying that either...[ read more ]

OCD: Identifying & Treating Compulsions

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that most people have at least heard of. It is often mentioned casually in phrases like, "Oh, they are so OCD!" However, OCD is a mental health disorder that many do not fully understand. Because of these misconceptions, there is a lot of misinformation about what OCD actually is and what life...[ read more ]

Distinguishing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) from Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD are both conditions of overcontrol that seem to have some overlap in the display of rigid behaviors and perfectionistic tendencies. However, despite these outwardly seeming commonalities, these conditions fall within different diagnostic categories, are maintained by different factors, and are experienced quite differently by people with these conditions. OCD is the...[ read more ]

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

What Is It? Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is an evidence-based treatment that is known as the gold-standard treatment for anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). ERP is a treatment that targets anxiety through the process of engaging in gradual and repeated exposure to anxiety triggers while concurrently reducing reliance on safety behaviors, methods of avoidance, and compulsions (Response Prevention)....[ read more ]