Category: OCD

How Can I Stop OCD Thoughts?

Many people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) ask, “How can I stop having OCD thoughts?” It is important to remember that up to 90% of people have strange, bizarre and even disturbing thoughts on a daily basis. If bizarre or disturbing thoughts are actually normal, what matters is not whether we have them, but how we react to them. Why…

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Coping With Stress When You Have OCD

Everyone experiences stress from time to time. Life stresses can range from mere daily annoyances to severe, traumatic events. Under the right conditions, both minor and major stressful events can exacerbate illnesses such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), major depression, cardiovascular disease, and type II diabetes. However, not everyone who experiences a stressful event (even a traumatic one)…

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6 Things Everyone Should Know About OCD

People get rough ideas about mental illness from movies or TV shows, and popular culture often simplifies or even completely misrepresents what it is really like to live with mental illness. Obsessive-compulsive disorder(OCD) is no different. Many people associate their knowledge and understanding of OCD with popular TV shows, like The Big Bang Theory and Monk. Consequently, OCD may be one…

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Avoidance in OCD: It’s Never the Answer

One of the common ways that people deal with a variety of anxiety issues is through avoidance. Afraid to fly? Well then, don’t. A large crowd of people too much to deal with? Just stay away from parties or large gatherings. Too anxious to ever give a presentation? Don’t apply for that job you’d otherwise…

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6 Things Everyone Should Know About OCD

People get rough ideas about mental illness from movies or TV shows, and popular culture often simplifies or even completely misrepresents what it is really like to live with mental illness. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is no different. Many people associate their knowledge and understanding of OCD with popular TV shows, like The Big Bang Theory and Monk. Consequently,…

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What Is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an aptly named and challenging condition that can incapacitate the ability of some sufferers to manage their day-to-day lives and interact socially, says Scott Bea, a clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Behavioral Health. The chronic, long-lasting condition involves the experience of “intrusive, unwanted, anxiety-provoking thoughts, repetitive actions or thoughts to reduce…

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a mental disorder whose main symptoms include obsessions and compulsions, driving the person to engage in unwanted, oftentimes distress behaviors or thoughts. It is treated through a combination of psychiatric medications and psychotherapy. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent and disturbing thoughts (called obsessions) and/or repetitive, ritualized behaviors that…

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The 2 Major Types of OCD—and How to Recognize Them

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that involves compulsive recurring thoughts and/or behaviors. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders doesn’t classify OCD into subtypes, so there aren’t formally agreed upon categories of OCD. However, many psychologists can agree that there are two broad types of OCD from the perspective of what drives the disorder….

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7 Little Things You Do In Private That Could Be A Sign Of OCD

While Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) presents some very particular symptoms, it is still quite possible for people with the disorder to go undiagnosed. The symptoms of OCD are not always as obvious as pop culture suggests, and your private thought patterns and rituals could be less common than you may think. While OCD can be quite upsetting,…

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What Is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an aptly named and challenging condition that can incapacitate the ability of some sufferers to manage their day-to-day lives and interact socially, says Scott Bea, a clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Behavioral Health. The chronic, long-lasting condition involves the experience of “intrusive, unwanted, anxiety-provoking thoughts, repetitive actions or thoughts to reduce…

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