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Hit and Run OCD: Exposing Yourself to Your Fears

Hit and Run OCD: Exposing Yourself to Your Fears

It’s Saturday morning and you’re sitting at home reading the paper. Suddenly your mind starts to play tricks on you, causing you to doubt your own experience. You start to doubt whether you did indeed turn the stove off before heading out the door, so you have no choice but to return home to check—even though logically you already know it should be fine…

Understanding Hemophobia: Blood-Injury Phobia

Understanding Hemophobia: Blood-Injury Phobia

Can’t stand the sight of blood? Here’s what you need to know about treatment for blood-injury phobia. If you have blood-injury phobia, the sight of blood makes you faint or feel nauseous, then you’re in the right place. You need to know about treatment for blood-injury phobia and what options are available so that you can decide which treatment or combination of treatments will be most effective in reducing or eliminating your fear of blood and injury.

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP): The Treatment of Obsessional OCD

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP): The Treatment of Obsessional OCD

Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is the first-line treatment of choice for most people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). When combined with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), ERP can be particularly effective in the treatment of obsessional OCD, commonly known as Pure O. In this article, we’ll take a look at what ERP/CBT is, how it works and why it works, and how to go about getting help from your doctor and setting up an ERP/CBT treatment plan that works best for you.

One Million Steps for OCD Walk, Austin, TX

One Million Steps for OCD Walk, Austin, TX

October 1, 2022 we got to attend and sponsor the Million Steps 4 OCD Walk in Austin, Texas hosted by OCD Texas, an official affiliate of the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and a nonprofit support and advocacy organization for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders.

Emetaphobia: Overcoming the Fear of Vomiting

Emetaphobia: Overcoming the Fear of Vomiting

The fear of vomiting, also known as emetaphobia, can be extremely debilitating and cause sufferers to miss work or school due to their fear that they may vomit in public. To overcome this overwhelming fear and keep from missing out on life’s opportunities, try these simple steps to help you understand your emetaphobia treatment options and overcome this debilitating phobia once and for all.

Compulsive Staring OCD: A lesser-known subtype of OCD

Compulsive Staring OCD: A lesser-known subtype of OCD

While many people are familiar with the most common form of OCD, washing and cleaning compulsions, other subtypes of OCD may be less well-known, such as compulsive staring. The hallmark symptom of compulsive staring OCD is the excessive, intrusive thoughts or urges to stare at others in inappropriate or uncomfortable ways, especially strangers on the street or in public places.

Relationship OCD: A form of OCD that often damages the relationships where we most seek to be certain

Relationship OCD: A form of OCD that often damages the relationships where we most seek to be certain

Relationship OCD, or ROCD, refers to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) symptoms centered around relationships with partners, family members, friends and co-workers. As can be seen from the symptoms below, ROCD sufferers obsess over fears that they’re not in the right relationship or that taking some step in the relationship will be the wrong step.

OCD: How to Overcome Your Fears

OCD: How to Overcome Your Fears

OCD: How to Overcome Your Fears Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder where people have unwanted thoughts and behaviors that feel out of control and cause significant distress or difficulty functioning in daily life. The condition often runs in...

School-Based Racial Microaggressions

School-Based Racial Microaggressions

Research has shown that African American youth are exposed to approximately 33% more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) than rates of Caucasian children (Woods-Jaeger et al., 2021). ACE’s are potentially traumatic events that take place during childhood and include...

Differences in Early and Late Onset OCD

Differences in Early and Late Onset OCD

Pinto et al. (2006) defined OCD as “a neuropsychiatric condition characterized by recurrent intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors that the individual feels driven to perform (compulsions)” (pg.1 ).  The researchers sought to investigate predictors...

Offering Your Anxious Clients the Standard of Care

Offering Your Anxious Clients the Standard of Care

                              Offering Your Anxious Clients the ‘Gold Standard’ of Care          Exposure therapy has long been supported as the ‘gold standard’ treatment for anxiety disorders. Despite strong empirical support for the effectiveness of exposure...

Postpartum OCD

Postpartum OCD

When we hear “postpartum” it is usually followed by “depression”. While the postpartum period IS often associated with depression, other disorders are overlooked. Outside the scope of obsessions harming infants, the effects of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) have...

Mindfulness: A practice of shifting attention

Mindfulness: A practice of shifting attention

Mindfulness as a part of therapy is often used to help clients hone their ability to attend to their experience in a different way. As a part of "ACT" Acceptance and Commitment Therapy you may be asked by your therapist to practice mindfulness in the therapy room or...

What are you going to do about the thoughts and feelings that get in the way?

What are you going to do about the thoughts and feelings that get in the way?

There are many different types of therapy you can choose from. Some of these therapies are well known as evidence-based and others, less so. We practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) along with other behaviorally-based methods. There is a great deal of research to support “ACT” (said as one word) and its effectiveness in treating a wide range of human suffering.

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