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|16 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|3 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

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|71 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|129 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