Jon on Retreat: Notes From Three Days of Silent Meditation

Mindfulness, or learning to view thoughts and feelings as observable phenomena instead of “the truth” or “threats,” has been instrumental in my journey through OCD.  But it was only in the last five years or so that I really started meditating.  This was spurred in part by the fact that the $200 I cleverly […]

By |September 20th, 2018|Mindfulness, OCD|0 Comments

Shedding Light on Health Anxiety OCD

By Molly Schiffer, LGPC
Currently you may only know the suffering associated with Health Anxiety OCD, but through the right treatment, there is hope of learning to appreciate the way your mind works.
One of the things I find most heartbreaking about working with some of my OCD clients is that the disorder has ripped from […]

By |July 14th, 2018|Compulsions, Health Anxiety, Mindfulness, Obsessions, OCD|2 Comments

Moral Scrupulosity OCD: Part One

It can be argued that many forms of OCD come down to a fear that lack of vigilance could lead to a loss of identity. One with Harm OCD may worry that failure to catch that one impulse could lead to spontaneous discovery that he/she is a violent or harmful person. One with sexual […]

By |July 1st, 2018|Compulsions, Obsessions, OCD|12 Comments

Me 2.0: Navigating Hyperawareness Obsessions

Once you understand Hyperawareness Obsessions and how the mind has gotten stuck, you can learn to stop doing what makes sense instinctively (the mental equivalent of flailing about in quicksand) and do the mindfulness and CBT work that can help you get grounded again.
Your whole life you were one way and now you appear […]

By |May 20th, 2018|Compulsions, Hyperawareness, Mindfulness, Obsessions, OCD|18 Comments

Help! I Have OCD About What’s OCD!

About OCD: For individuals with OCD, having a label for their OCD is a way for them to join with others and feel a part of a group with fellow sufferers.
by Molly Schiffer, LGPC

When I meet clients for the first time they often arrive at my office with some mixture of trepidation and despair, […]

By |March 2nd, 2018|Mindfulness, OCD, Uncategorized|12 Comments

Coping with Triggering News Media When You Have Harm OCD

Gaining mastery over your OCD, or gaining mastery over any challenge, means reconciling what’s good for you with what makes you feel good.
I recently gave a talk called “Obsessive Fear of Violence in OCD” at a psychiatric conference. My talk was part of a panel on gun violence in the United States and what […]

By |February 1st, 2018|Harm OCD, Obsessions, OCD|2 Comments

Truly Being There for a Loved One With OCD

by Molly Schiffer, LGPC

Loving someone with OCD can be a gut-wrenching experience. When a loved one receives a diagnosis of OCD and begins treatment, this may come as a tremendous relief for the family. Often family members have watched their loved ones suffer for years prior to them getting the right diagnosis. Whether it’s […]

By |October 30th, 2017|OCD|0 Comments

Did We Already Discuss False Memories and OCD?

Lately the blogosphere and the online support groups seem to be filling with questions about so-called “false memories” in OCD.  In fact, I can tell when it’s time to explore an obsession deeper when people start using it as a whole new label:  False Memory OCD.

False Memory OCD refers to a cluster of OCD […]

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|3 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|140 Comments