Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

The idea that mental illness and psychiatric disorders are afflictions that only affect the brain is now regarded as incorrect. We know that the brain controls the body and when the brain doesn’t function properly, the body suffers the consequences, and vice-versa.

It’s common for a new mother to experience thoughts or worries about her newborn child. I remember the worrying thoughts I had shortly after my son was born when I left for an ADAA conference for a few days.

Now that telehealth and in-person services are available, what are important factors for clinicians, youth, and families to consider?
We’ve all wished at times that we could have a therapist in our pockets. Digital mental health interventions are bringing us closer to making this a reality.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can affect people of all races, color, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation and/or different cultural backgrounds, and culture can have a large influence on how someone might perceive or report their symptoms.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common condition affecting approximately 1-2% of the world population. Characterized by distressing intrusive thoughts, images or impulses and unwanted repetitive behaviors, OCD can have wide-reaching implications for both individuals with OCD and their families.
Subtypes are helpful in normalizing symptoms for OCD sufferers and even for diagnosing purposes.  And it is common for OCD sufferers to have multiple subtypes. 
As therapists, we know that OCD is no laughing matter. But that doesn't mean we can't use humour when fighting back OCD. In fact, as an OCD therapist the use of humour can be an integral part of the ERP experience.
White knuckling is the term used to describe the process of fighting or powering through a situation that you find anxiety provoking.
We have seen an explosion of interest, questions, concerns and stimulating debate since the arrival of Inferential Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for OCD (I-CBT) in the USA. How do we distinguish between obsessional doubt and uncertainty in I-CBT?