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

New Office and 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 […]

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|157 Comments

Introducing Brenda Kijesky, LGMFT

Brenda is a Licensed Graduate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Maryland.
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 […]

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

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

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

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

POCD is an obsessive fear of being or becoming a pedophile, what to many is considered the ultimate loss of identity.
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 […]

By |May 2nd, 2015|Compulsions, Obsessions, OCD, POCD|304 Comments

HOCD (Sexual Orientation OCD): Part Four – Denial

The word “denial” is at the root of all forms of OCD.  It is popularized culturally to relate to issues of sexual orientation, but every person with any form of obsessive compulsive disorder experiences the fear of “denial” whenever they choose to do exposure instead of rituals.
I don’t know if you’re gay.  I don’t […]

By |March 22nd, 2015|Compulsions, HOCD, Mindfulness, Obsessions, OCD Information|341 Comments

Contamination OCD: Blood, Semen, and Bodily Waste… 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|95 Comments