One of the questions that often comes up both in my clinical practice and in the online support groups I contribute to is, “How do I respond to my thoughts?” Or more specifically, “What is the right way to respond to my thoughts?” There is a hidden OCD trap here in the search for […]
In 2015 I moved back to my hometown in northern Maryland. It’s been an incredible journey. Naturally, there was some uncertainty to contend with, such as how or when new local clients would come my way. But it’s been less than a year since I went from left to right coast and the Jon […]
OCD is a walking paradox. Those who live with it often miss the forest for the trees. And they see trees everywhere. OCD sufferers notice details and nuances in the realm of human experience that most people overlook. This results in experiences of profound pain and disgust, but also a kind of deep and […]
It’s getting uncomfortable in here
So keep on all your clothes
I’m gonna keep my clothes on
Get ready to be uncomfortable.
Welcome to the world of POCD (pedophile-themed obsessive compulsive disorder) and bodily sensations around children. Unwanted intrusive thoughts of a sexual nature are relatively common in OCD, […]
I sat down to write a recap of my experience at this year’s IOCDF Conference, assuming I would talk about the humbling response to the mental rituals panel I put together with Jeff Bell, Monnica Williams, and Elspeth Bell, the joy of presenting with friends Shala Nicely and Amy Jenks on self-compassion, the hilarity […]
The idea of actually getting treatment for POCD can be terrifying, especially when you think your obsession is unspeakable and untreatable. But OCD is OCD. POCD is not some untreatable separate diagnosis that requires some strange outlying treatment approach. The most effective treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Though there […]
POCD (Pedophile-themed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
People will feel sorry for me if I get cancer. They’ll accept me if it turns out I’m gay. They’ll chalk it all up to me just being mentally ill if I lose my mind and push someone in front of a bus. But if these thoughts mean something, I […]
I don’t know if you’re gay. I don’t know if what you are experiencing is a fraud perpetrated against yourself, identifying as one sexual orientation while secretly being of another, and having both the insight to know it’s a secret and the pre-meditation and masochism to keep that secret from yourself. All I know […]
Disclaimer: This is a blog about semen. If you don’t want to read a blog about semen, I suggest you turn away now, because this blog entry in the contamination OCD series is, well, full of semen.
Though many OCD sufferers who struggle with bodily fluids have issues with vaginal secretions as well, I will […]
Time. This is the answer I usually get when I ask a client what he has lost most to his OCD. All compulsions take time, whether they involve washing, repeating, or just separating yourself from the present moment to analyze your thoughts and feelings. Though a fear of getting sick and a disgust response […]