More dirt about germs

Yesterday, Chuck wrote about germs and resistance. Since contamination OCD is the most common subtype, here's a great study that adds a little more to his thoughts about germs.

Scientists at the Columbia University in New York City wanted to know if antibacterial cleaning supplies actually decreased...

Germs: Resistance is Futile

The following is based in part on an excerpt from our book Obsessive Compulsive Disorder For Dummies. We’ve added a little discussion as well. It illustrates that OCD and so-called "normal" can be a fine line to draw at times.

Like most "mental disorders" OCD appears to represent a normal process that spins out of control. Perhaps making matters worse, the media seizes upon reports from researchers about hidden sources of germs, viruses, and bacteria. When they report on this concern, those with OCD...

OCD Flavors

We find OCD one of the most fascinating disorders to work with. Why? First, people with OCD are wonderful to work with. Second, most cases can be successfully treated with a form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention. Finally, OCD comes...


March Dummies Madness

Wiley Publishing celebrates its For Dummies series every March with a discount program. Save $5 on each For Dummies book you buy. See details below. You can also click on one of our book covers (left) and purchase directly from Amazon. Don't miss out on the bargain.

1. Buy a Dummies book between March 1, 2009 and March 31, 2009 from any bookstore including
2. Download...

Feeling Anxious?

Feeling anxious? You’re not alone. The 2008 numbers from the National Institute of Mental Health tells us that approximately 40 million Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder, close to 20 percent of the adult population. These numbers appear to have jumped significantly over the last decade. Furthermore, most people with an anxiety disorder have more than one. People with anxiety are more likely to abuse substances (also known as self-medicating) and have or develop depression.


Baby Anxiety

The birth of a baby is a time of celebration and joy. However, most parents of newborns experience significant anxiety mixed with their happiness. They worry about the health and safety of their infants and all of the responsibilities of being a parent. In...


Some readers may wonder why we titled our blog Anxiety and OCD Exposed.

The term Exposed brings up a variety of possible meanings:

toxic waste dump found in desert
the latest movie star scandal
the electric wire without a cover
oops; make sure your pants are zipped up
to bitter cold weather…brrrr
another political disgrace
uncovered patio furniture
a treatment for anxiety and OCD

Yes, mental health professionals treat anxiety and OCD through a method called exposure. Basically exposure means that you face your fears. In other words, you are exposed to what...

Welcome to Anxiety and OCD Exposed!

I'm very pleased to introduce our new blog on anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It is hosted by renowned clinical psychologists Laura L. Smith, and Charles H. Elliott, , co-authors of numerous books, including Anxiety for Dummies, Depression for Dummies, and Seasonal Affective Disorder for Dummies.

Their recently released book is entitled, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder For Dummies which will provide an introductory, common-sense guide to OCD. We're excited to have these two great psychologists blog on these topics, and look forward to their...