New Office and New Team Member: OCGB Welcomes Molly Schiffer, LGPC

It’s been an exciting few months for The OCD and Anxiety Center of Greater Baltimore! We recently moved into a larger space in the Executive Plaza complex in Hunt Valley, MD and are very happy in our new home. Our free “GOALS” OCD support group has been flourishing and continues to meet every other […]

By |March 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Respond to Unwanted Thoughts

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 […]

By |July 23rd, 2016|Compulsions, Mindfulness, Obsessions, OCD, thoughts|38 Comments

Introducing Brenda Kijesky, LGMFT

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 […]

By |May 21st, 2016|OCD, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Relationship-themed OCD (ROCD)

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 […]

By |February 23rd, 2016|Compulsions, Obsessions, OCD, Uncategorized|16 Comments

POCD Part Three: The Groin and Other Junk

It’s getting uncomfortable in here
So keep on all your clothes
I am
Getting
So uncomfortable
I’m gonna keep my clothes on
-not Nelly

 

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, […]

By |September 12th, 2015|Compulsions, Mindfulness, Obsessions, OCD, POCD, Uncategorized|49 Comments

What Makes IOCDF Different

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 […]

By |August 6th, 2015|OCD, Uncategorized|7 Comments

POCD Part II: Treating Pedophile-Themed OCD

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 […]

By |June 24th, 2015|Compulsions, Mindfulness, Obsessions, OCD, POCD|66 Comments

POCD Part I: What Is Pedophile-Themed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

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 […]

By |May 2nd, 2015|Compulsions, Obsessions, OCD, POCD|198 Comments

HOCD (Sexual Orientation OCD): Part Four – Denial

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 […]

By |March 22nd, 2015|Compulsions, HOCD, Mindfulness, Obsessions, OCD Information|226 Comments

Blood, Semen, and Bodily Waste… Oh My, Part Two: Semen

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 […]

By |March 20th, 2015|Compulsions, contamination, Mindfulness, Obsessions, OCD|46 Comments