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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What Chronic Worry Is and Its Treatment

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) involves excessive anxiety and worry associated with a number of physical symptoms. We emphasize worry, because people who do not report worry as being a major problem do not fulfill the criteria for GAD. Most people who worry chronically are very distressed by it. They feel keyed up, have physical symptoms […]

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Surrender and Acceptance

It may seem odd to use words like “surrender” and “acceptance “ when referring to how to manage an anxiety disorder, but I’ve come to appreciate just how valuable thee concepts are when trying to cope with anxiety. We get so caught up in trying to eliminate anxiety because we believe that the source of […]

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Help for OCDers Online

Having recently worked with several creative and dynamic people living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), I was lucky enough to glean some ideas from them about how utilizing online resources has helped them to ease the mental and emotional burdens of OCD. Here are some of the key ideas and recommendations that they offered. People […]

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Reflections on the New Agoraphobia Diagnosis

What constitutes a “mental disorder” and what doesn’t, is officially determined by an official clinical manual called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, or the DSM. Mental health clinicians have been using the DSM-IV since around 2000. But now, at long last, the next addition of the DSM is set to be published in 2013. Of […]

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Anxiety about Retirement: A New Perspective

A new poll conducted in October by the Associated Press and LifeGoesStrong.com found that 73% of Baby Boomers now plan to work past retirement, and 53% said they don’t feel comfortable that they’ll ever be able to afford a comfortable retirement. These are big numbers, and speak to a substantial increase in anxiety for Americans […]

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