Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Body Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorder Overview
Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors include self-grooming behavior that involves biting, pulling, picking, or scraping one's own hair, skin, or nails.

Dealing with OCD on the Job
For those whose symptoms limit their ability to function in one or more areas, the ADA offers legal protection when OCD affects job performance.

The Link Between OCD and Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury is a major source of disability and suffering worldwide. It is not uncommon for individuals to develop OCD.

What is a Clinical Interview?
A clinical interview is a tool that helps physicians, psychologists and researchers make an accurate diagnosis of a variety of mental illnesses, such as OCD.

Coping With Treatment-Resistant OCD
Although there are many effective treatments for OCD, up to a third of people may have what is called treatment-resistant OCD. Here are some options to consider when coping with treatment-resistant OCD.

Herbal Remedies for OCD and Anxiety Disorders
Many people have tried herbal remedies for OCD and other anxiety disorders including St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum). Find out more here.

Alternative Treatments for OCD
Although there are a number of effective medical and psychological treatments for OCD, they don't work for everyone, so alternative treatments are worth exploring.

How Parental OCD Affects Families
Parental OCD affects all family members, including children. Treatment for parents with OCD should include family therapy to help members disengage.

Is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Genetic?
Although it is clear that OCD has a genetic basis, it is not yet clear which genes may be important and under what circumstances.Environment also plays a big role.

PANDAS: An Autoimmune Form of Childhood OCD
There is growing evidence that a specific form of childhood OCD may actually be an autoimmune disorder. Read more about PANDAS OCD here.

Being a Pack Rat May Be a Sign of Hoarding
Many people describe themselves as a

OCD, Self Injury and Suicidal Thoughts
Learn about the differences between suicidal OCD and harm OCD, non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal thoughts related to depression or wanting to die.

What Are Anxiety Disorders?
Anxiety disorders are a serious mental illness that cause significant worry or fear that doesn't go away and may even get worse over time. Learn more.

Learn About Anxiety Disorders - Different Types
Anxiety disorders are prolonged exaggerations of our normal and adaptive reaction to fearful or stressful events.

OCD in Children Differs From Adults
Many people think of OCD as a disorder that affects only adults, but it affects children as well. Discover the differences in childhood-onset OCD.

A Guide to Understanding OCD and Stress
If you have OCD, you know that stress is a major trigger of symptoms and can often get in the way of treatment for OCD. Here's how to cope.

Coping When A Family Member has OCD
As the family member of someone with OCD, it can be difficult to know how to act, what to say or how to cope. Here are some tips to help.

OCD vs. Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder
Despite having similar names and in some cases, symptoms, OCD and OCPD have distinct characteristics. Discover the difference between OCD and OCPD.

Exercise May Be An Important OCD Self-Help Strategy
There is now plenty of evidence that exercise may be an important self-help strategy for reducing symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

What Are the Different Types of Hoarding?
Hoarding is more than just having a lot of possessions. It's a specific type of behavior that can have a severe impact on a person's life.

Learn to Cope With OCD Perfectionism
OCD perfectionism has long been thought to play a role in the development and maintenance of OCD symptoms. Let's explore how to cope with OCD perfectionism.

What Are the Main Causes of OCD?
Although biological theories of the causes of OCD have come to the forefront, cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic theories also help our understanding.

Overcome the Impact of OCD on Your Relationship
If you have OCD, you know your symptoms can often get in the way of maintaining romantic relationships. Learn how to cope.

Depression Symptoms After OCD Diagnosis
Take a closer look at the relationship between OCD and depression and the impact of symptoms of depression on treatment for OCD symptoms.

The Basics of Habit Reversal Training
Habit reversal training is a behavioral therapy that is effective in reducing tics associated with Tourette's syndrome and troublesome behaviors.

Coping With Dating Someone With OCD
Although any intimate relationship has ups and downs, dating someone with OCD can present additional challenges as well as provide opportunities for growth.

The Association Between OCD and Bipolar Disorder
Research suggests that OCD and bipolar disorder co-occur with each other at a higher rate than would be expected by chance. Learn more about the connection.

Augmentation Is an Effective OCD Medication Strategy
Augmentation therapy is a strategy that is being explored as a way to improve the odds of relieving OCD symptoms when treating patients with OCD medication.

Deep Brain Stimulation for Treatment-Resistant OCD
Studies have suggested that treatments targeting specific circuits in the brain could be helpful in reducing OCD symptoms. Deep brain stimulation may help.

OCD and ADHD - Similarities and Misdiagnosis
OCD and ADHD are often confused and sometimes co-exist. Similarities can result in misdiagnosis and serious problems in some cases when treated improperly.

OCD and OCPD: A Case Study and Treatment
OCD and OCPD have some similarities, but differ in very important and specific ways. Learn more about these subtleties and how to manage OCPD effectively.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Case Study: Callie
This article highlights the case of a 32-year-old woman's struggle with OCD and co-parenting. Symptoms recurred after significant​ life transitions.

Healthy and Unhealthy Perfectionism
Perfectionism is a tendency to set excessively high standards for yourself or others. Learn more about the two types of perfectionism.

What Is Hoarding and How Is It Diagnosed?
Pathological or compulsive hoarding is a specific type of behavior characterized by acquiring and failing to throw out a large number of items.

What is a Hoarding Disorder?
The Hoarding Disorder is a psychiatric disorder that affects 2% - 6% of the population. Learn about the diagnostic criteria here.

What is Excoriation (Skin Picking) Disorder?
Excoriation Disorder involves the repetitive picking of one's own skin. It is not uncommon, affecting up to 5.4% of the U.S. adult population.

What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a psychiatric disorder, which involves a preoccupation with one, or more perceived defects or flaws in one's appearance.

What are Obsessions in OCD?
Obsessions are recurrent, persistent, intrusive thoughts, images, or urges that cause anxiety or distress, and are varied in symptom presentation.

Signs, Symptoms and Treatment of 5 Types of OCD
OCD is characterized by obsessions and compulsions, but the ways symptoms manifest varies person to person. Learn more about the types of OCD.

What is a Compulsion Symptom?
Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts carried out in response to an obsession or according to rigidly applied rules.

4 Ways to Help a Loved One with OCD
Read about four tips to help your loved one overcome OCD and remind yourself of how to best provide them with support.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for OCD
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in an effective treatment for OCD when paired with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).

Sexual and Aggressive Obsessions
Some people with OCD may worry that experiencing sexual or aggressive obsessions means that they actually want these things to happen. The opposite is true.

When Infection Triggers OCD: PANDAS / PANs
PANDAS/PANS is a syndrome in which infection triggers Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other neuropsychiatric symptoms.

"Just Right" OCD: Tic-Like Compulsions
There is a subtype of OCD for which a feared outcome is not the driving force.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for OCD Treatment
Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a potential alternative treatment to reduce OCD symptoms in those who haven't found relief otherwise.

Facts About OCD Symptoms and Diagnosis
Effectively coping with OCD requires an understanding of the anxiety disorder. These facts about OCD explain causes, symptoms, treatment and more.

Does OCD Need Hospitalization for Effective Treatment?
Learn more about hospitalization for OCD treatment and if it's necessary for your situation or if your symptoms can be managed with outpatient treatment.

Signs and Treatment of OCD Sexual Obsessions
Obsessive compulsive disorder is characterized by worrisome obsessions, including sexual obsessions. Learn more about symptoms and treatment.

Finding the Right OCD Therapist
To find the right OCD therapist, it is necessary to spend time researching your options. Below, is a guide of what, where, and how to find that person.

Fear of Losing Control in OCD
Some cases of OCD are misunderstood and therefore misdiagnosed and ineffectively treated.

OCD and Excessive Reassurance Seeking
Learn what excessive reassurance seeking is, why it perpetuates symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and what to do about it.

Being a Germaphobe Can Be a Symptom of OCD
When does a preoccupation with germs cross the line into an obsession? When does a personal hygiene routine or cleaning regimen become a compulsion?

How to Cope With Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD
It is a fact of life that we will all experience stress from time to time. Life stress can range from daily annoyances to traumatic events that turn our lives upside down in an instant. Although feeling stressed out can make symptoms of OCD worse, some people are more resilient than others. Why is this? Part of the reason may be how people cope with stress.

Can People With OCD Live Normal Lives?
If you have OCD, you can live a normal and productive life. Like any chronic illness, managing OCD requires a focus on day-to-day coping rather than on an ultimate cure.

What Are the Differences Between OCD and OCPD?
Although OCD and OCPD are often confused, there are a key number of differences between the two.

All About Hoarding: What It Is and Its Connection to OCD
If you have hoarding disorder, you have an extremely difficult time parting ways with possessions because you feel like you need to save them.

Compulsions in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Compulsions are behaviors that you feel you must carry out over and over, often for hours on end. Learn more about how compulsions affect people with OCD.

Common Cognitive Distortions in OCD
It is now clear that obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by a number of errors in thinking called cognitive distortions.

Diagnosis of OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
How do you or your doctor know if you have OCD? Learn the basics about the symptoms of OCD and how it is diagnosed by qualified health professionals.

Interview with Obsessed’s Shana Doronn
A&E has launched a new reality show called Obsessed which examines the real-life struggles of people with anxiety disorders including OCD. This program follows people with as they undergo cognitive-behavior therapy or CBT to treat their OCD symptoms. I recently interviewed A&E Obsessed’s Dr. Shana Doronn about the psychological treatment of OCD and some tips for getting the most of out treatment. Page 2.

The Difference Between Early- and Late-Onset OCD
Although OCD symptoms can begin at almost any age, there are two periods when they are most likely to appear, affecting symptoms and treatment.

Interview With Dr. Shana Doronn of A&E's Obsessed
An interview with Dr. Shana Doronn from A&E's Obsessed about the basics of psychological treatment for OCD and tips on how to get the best treatment.

Exposure Therapy for OCD
While behavior therapies can be very effective, only two-thirds of patients complete treatment. Learn exactly how exposure based treatments for OCD work and why they fail.

What is the Definition of OCD?
Do you know the true definition of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? Learn more about OCD and it's two core symptoms: obsessions and compulsions.

Understanding Exposure Therapy for OCD
Understanding the process and components of exposure therapy for OCD can lessen the fear of treatment. Here's your step-by-step of exposure therapy.

Definition of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is a relatively non-invasive procedure. Learn how it works for disorders like depression and OCD.

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
What is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)? Learn all about the symptoms, risk factors and treatments for one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses.

What is Compulsive Shopping Disorder?
With the prevalence of compulsive shopping disorder, more research needs to be done to learn how to effectively screen and treat sufferers

What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is relatively new psychological treatment that has shown promise in the treatment of anxiety disorders including OCD. Acceptance and commitment therapy’s central philosophy is that anxiety is part of life and that it is our to the experience of anxiety that can be the real problem.

What Is an Exposure Hierarchy?
An exposure hierarchy is a list that is used to guide your progression through exposure therapy that details the main situations that trigger your fear, arranged in order of how severe each fear is.

Common Obsessive Behaviors Among People With OCD
A key symptom of OCD is compulsions. Compulsions are obsessive behaviors that you repeat over and over again, often for hours on end, to relieve anxiety.

What Are Common OCD Thoughts?
A core OCD symptom is obsessions, which are unwanted, distressing, and uncontrollable thoughts that are often of a disturbing nature.

Understanding Insight and Its Role in OCD
Not being able to recognize or acknowledge that OCD symptoms are irrational can present a major challenge for patients, doctors, and family members.

Coping With a Family Member's or Loved One's OCD
If you have OCD or are the family member, friend or partner of someone with OCD you probably know that OCD and relationships can sometimes be difficult to cope with. Learn more about coping with OCD and relationships.

Links Between OCD and Epilepsy
There is a long standing association between epilepsy and various forms of mental illness. Although numbers vary from study to study, research suggests that between 10% and 20% of people with temporal lobe epilepsy have OCD; this is a rate that is much higher than what would be expected in the general population.

Comparing OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Symptoms
Body dysmorphic disorder is a form of mental illness in which the person is obsessed and/or preoccupied with an imagined defect or only slight anomaly or in their appearance. Learn more about the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder.

OCD and Intimate Relationships
OCD can negatively affect intimate relationships. Learn how to manage OCD and relationship stress with these 5 tips from our OCD Expert, LuAnn Pierce, LCSW.

What Is Trichotillomania?
Trichotillomania is a disorder in which the affected person repeatedly pulls out hair from any part of the body for non-cosmetic reasons. It is considered an obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorder.

OCD Medication and Treatment Options
Although OCD symptoms can be debilitating, treatment for OCD can be safe and effective. Find out about medical and psychological treatment for OCD.

Tourette’s Syndrome and OCD
Tourette’s syndrome is a childhood-onset movement disorder often associated with OCD, ADHD and other behavioral disorders.

Antidepressants and Antipsychotics to Treat OCD
Learn which antidepressants are used to treat OCD, and which antipsychotics are commonly added to antidepressant therapy to reduce OCD symptoms.

Thought Suppression and OCD
Obsessions are a core symptom of OCD and it's natural to want to push those thoughts away. Research shows that thought suppression actually makes obsessions worse.

Thought-Action Fusion and OCD
OCD is a complex illness with many causes including biological, psychological and social factors. A psychological process that may help cause and maintain OCD symptoms is thought-action fusion. Learn more about thought-action fusion and OCD

The Definition of Thought-Action Fusion
Thought-action fusion is when you believe that simply thinking about an action carries the same weight as actually carrying out that action.

Tips for Living With OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
Living with OCD is a lot like living with other types of chronic illness like diabetes or asthma; it requires courage, social support from friends, family, and co-workers, excellent coping skills, as well as a strong partnership with your primary health care provider. Find out about how to cope with OCD, reduce the triggers of OCD symptoms and deal with stigma.

Is OCD Associated With Memory Problems?
If you have OCD, you may have compulsions in which you repeat behaviors over and over again. Is there a link between OCD and memory?

Is OCD Caused by a Chemical Imbalance?
No one knows exactly what causes OCD, but there are specific risk factors such as brain abnormalities, chemical changes, genetics and environment.

Is There a Known Cure for OCD?
Many people with OCD wonder if there is an OCD cure. OCD is generally thought of as a chronic illness meaning that it is something you will have to work on managing everyday. Although it can initially be difficult to accept, having a chronic illness like OCD requires you to shift your focus from finding an OCD cure to coping with OCD symptoms.

Sexual Obsessions and OCD
An obsession is defined as an unwanted thought, image, or idea that won't go away, and which causes distress. One of the subsets is the sexual obsession.

How Do I Cope With a Teenager Who Has OCD?
Teenagers can be a challenge at the best of times so when your teen has OCD too, it can present additional challenges. Here are ways to cope.

How Can I Stop OCD Thoughts?
Many people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) ask,

How Can Compulsive Hoarding Be Treated?
Compulsive hoarding is often difficult to treat. Learn what it is and about new types of cognitive-behavior therapy that may offer hope for hoarders.

Self-Help Tips and Relaxation Techniques for OCD
Stress is a major trigger of OCD symptoms. Improve your self-help strategy with these relaxation techniques for OCD, including deep breathing.

Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for OCD
Individual cognitive behavioral therapy for OCD is effective, but also expensive, which is but one reason to learn about the benefits of group CBT.

Behavior and Cognitive Therapy for OCD
Psychological therapy for OCD is recognized by both researchers and clinicians as effective treatments for reducing the frequency and intensity of symptoms of OCD. Effective psychological therapy for OCD emphasizes changes in behavior and/or thoughts (sometimes called cognitions). When appropriate, behavioral and cognitive therapy for OCD can be combined with medication to get the best result.

What is Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
A number of studies have suggested that the postpartum period may also present a risk for the onset of postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder.

Can Toddlers Develop OCD?
Though children can start showing symptoms of OCD around age 3, it is extremely rare. Here's why it might seem like your toddler has OCD and what to do if she does.

OCD Types - Differences in OCD Types and Their Symptoms
The way in which OCD symptoms are experienced varies widely from person to person - there are many OCD symptom subtypes. In addition, OCD symptoms subtypes can present differently depending on when the OCD occurs. Finally, OCD symptoms can appear in vulnerable individuals in response to very specific circumstances such as infection or the birth of a child. Let’s explore the various OCD symptom subtypes.

Obsessions, Compulsions, Diagnosis and Treatment
OCD symptoms include obsessions and compulsions. Learn more about the treatment and diagnosis of OCD symptoms.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for OCD
For those who do not respond to ERP treatment for OCD, other options are available. DBT skills training may offer hope, in addition to medication as prescribed.

Are There Personality Traits That Make OCD More Likely?
Although there does not appear to be one type of personality that is vulnerable to developing OCD, research suggests that certain personality traits may be influential.

Understanding Risk Factors for OCD
There are many risk factors for obsessive-compulsive disorder. This comprehensive list explains each one. Though you may be at risk, this doesn't necessarily mean you will develop OCD.

The Basics of OCD Self-Help
There are a number of self-help strategies for obsessive-compulsive disorder that you can start using right now to help cope with your OCD symptoms.

Learn About OCD Treatments Available
Although OCD is a serious mental illness, there are a number of treatments that will significantly reduce OCD symptoms, including alternative treatments.

How Long Does OCD Last?
People undergoing OCD therapy may wonder how long it takes before it

OCD and Sexual Dysfunction - Tips on Coping
If you have OCD, you know that it can be difficult to establish and maintain an intimate, sexual relationship. There are things you can do that help.

Dealing With Employers When You Have OCD
For many people with OCD, finding and maintaining gainful employment is a significant challenge. How should you disclose the illness to your employer?

Coping With Stress When You Have OCD
One of the biggest triggers of obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms is stress. Learning effective stress management techniques can help reduce these symptoms.

OCD and Substance Use Disorders
OCD sufferers are at greater risk for developing substance use disorders because of the tendency to use substances as a coping strategy, which makes OCD even worse.

Learn More About the Link Between OCD and Schizophrenia
OCD and schizophrenia co-occur with one another at a higher rate than would be expected in the general population. It has been estimated that approximately 15% of people with OCD also have schizophrenia. Learn more about OCD and schizophrenia.

Learn About OCD-Related Disorders
If you have obsessive compulsive disorder, you probably know that there are a number of OCD-related disorders.Learn about 7 common OCD-related disorders.

Learn About Connections Between OCD and Suicide
OCD is a chronic mental illness that is associated with significant disability and suffering. If a family member or friend with OCD is exhibiting the potential warning signs of suicide, it is important to know what to do.

Is Skin Picking A Form of OCD?
Pathologic skin picking is a mental illness in which you compulsively pick your skin to remove small irregularities such as moles or freckles.

Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
The obsessive-compulsive spectrum includes disorders with different clusters of symptoms that are similar to, but not exactly the same as, OCD symptoms.

Intrusive Thoughts in OCD - Definition
Intrusive thoughts (sometimes called obsessions) are a common OCD symptom. Intrusive thoughts are thoughts that are unwanted, feel uncontrollable, and often pertain to disturbing or distressing themes.

How to Find an Intensive OCD Treatment Program
Although there are many effective medical and psychological treatments available for OCD, not all treatments work for everybody. Unfortunately, for some people nothing seems to be effective. To combat this, a number of intensive residential treatment programs have been developed. Find out what in intensive OCD treatment program is and where to find one in your area.

Using Motivational Interviewing Techniques for OCD
Motivational interviewing techniques can help prepare people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who are resistant to other therapies. Here's how.

Do Obsessions and Compulsions Change Over Time?
It's possible to experience different OCD symptoms, but most research indicates that it's rare for a symptom type to be replaced by another.

What Is A Clinical Psychologist?
A clinical psychologist is a mental health professional with highly specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses.

Barriers to Seeking OCD Treatment
Although effective treatments are available for OCD, research suggests that only about one-third of people with seek the OCD help they need. Here's why.

Am I a Hypochondriac? Is It Different Than Having OCD?
Being a hypochondriac can be mistaken for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but each illness has unique features. Here are the differences.

What Exactly are Obsessions?
Everyone has strange, unusual or even disturbing thoughts pop into their mind from time to time. Obsessions are thoughts, images, or ideas that won't go away, are unwanted and cause extreme distress.

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What is Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD?
The most effective treatments for OCD include Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP or EX/RP), and/or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs).

What is Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder)?
Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder) involves the repetitive pulling out of one's own hair. It is not uncommon, affecting 2%-5% of the population.

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