When OCD Comes Home for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again! If you live anywhere near me, the days are shorter, the, weather is colder, and the OCD is counting the ways it can get to you. It’s the most… (jingle jingle) obsessive tiiiime… (jingle jingle) of the yeeearrrrr…

The several weeks of time between Thanksgiving and New Years, or […]

By |December 1st, 2018|Obsessions, OCD, Uncategorized|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|14 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|57 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

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 […]

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|157 Comments

Relationship-Themed OCD (ROCD)

Relationship-themed obsessions (sometimes referred to by sufferers as ROCD) are not unusual in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
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 […]

By |February 23rd, 2016|Compulsions, Obsessions, OCD, Uncategorized|57 Comments

POCD Part Three: The Groin and Other Junk

POCD Part Three: The Groin and Other Junk
If you have POCD, and you’re struggling with triggers “down below”, my recommendation is that you treat intrusive sensations the way you would treat intrusive thoughts – with mindfulness, the rejection of distorted beliefs, and the courage to face uncertainty head on.

It’s getting uncomfortable in here
So […]

By |September 12th, 2015|Compulsions, Mindfulness, Obsessions, OCD, POCD|117 Comments

POCD Part II: Treating Pedophile-Themed OCD

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 […]

By |June 24th, 2015|Compulsions, Mindfulness, Obsessions, OCD, POCD|124 Comments