Intrusive Thought OCD

Intrusive Thought OCD Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) comes in a variety of shapes and flavors, but there are primarily four main types. These four types are contamination OCD, checking OCD, “just right” OCD and intrusive thought OCD. Many people believe that OCD is primarily concerned with being organized and tidy, and while this certainly is one […]

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The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

I recently finished reading the book “The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD” by Jon Hershfield, MFT and Tom Corboy, MFT and I have to say I was quite impressed and have already started using many of their ideas with my current OCD clients (as well as clients with other kinds of anxiety disorders besides OCD!).  Both […]

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Why Do We Have Obsessive Bad Thoughts?

            Many of my clients with harm obsessive-compulsive disorder (HOCD) or pedophilia obsessive-compulsive disorder (POCB) have asked me “Why do I have all of these terrible thoughts? And why are these thoughts always about something awful happening to my loved ones?” Virtually all of my clients with these types of OCD interpret having these thoughts […]

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Some OCD Tricks and Distortions

I have found Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) to be very tricky and devious. Understanding and recognizing some of the tricks and distortions that OCD uses can be helpful when seeking to manage OCD. An OCD trick that one of my clients recently struggled with was wondering whether or not his current concern was OCD. This […]

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Acceptance in HOCD and POCD

One of the more terrifying and slippery versions of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) involves experiencing thoughts of harming a loved one or having sex with an inappropriate partner. Typically, people think of OCD as involving fear of germs and doing repeated checking, but in my experience many people with OCD also struggle with these kinds of […]

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Winning by Surrendering

Anxiety treatment is full of paradoxes. One of these paradoxes comes up when treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The paradox is that with OCD you win by surrendering. This doesn’t mean that you stop trying to fight and manage your OCD, it means that you stop trying to make things perfect, stop trying to figure things […]

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