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What Would You Like Me to Write About?

I have been writing for Psych Central for over a year, and I want to hear from you now. Are there any topics you would like me to write about? Any topics that interest you, are personally relevant to your situation—anything in the world of psychology or mental health that you would like to learn more about?


General

Treatment for OCD: Are You Willing to Face Your Fears?

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have obsessions mostly related to the fear of being harmed or harming others. To neutralize such fears, people with OCD perform compulsions (i.e. repetitive actions, like checking or cleaning). In my previous two posts, I talked about the following: The need for control in OCD, why compulsions appear to work, and possible reasons individuals with OCD are motivated to believe compulsions work.


Anxiety

Two Possible Reasons People with OCD Perform Compulsions

This is my second post in the series on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)—a mental disorder associated with obsessions (recurrent intrusive urges) and compulsions (mental rituals or repetitive behaviors).¹ In my previous post, I described the nature of obsessive-compulsive disorder, the relationship between obsessions and compulsions, and the consequences of performing compulsions. I also explained the first of three aspects of OCD I was planning to discuss: The need for control.



Anxiety

OCD and the Need to Be in Control

In my previous post, I discussed 6 common themes in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Starting with today’s entry, in a series of 5 posts, I will be discussing additional aspects of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and will end with reviewing one of the most effective treatments for this condition.



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Safety and Trust After Abuse

I received a question about anxiety and abuse in the comments to another blog post, which is why I would like to talk about abuse in today’s post.

Abuse


Far too often, people who have been abused live a life of fear and sadness. Sadness for what has already happened; fear for what could happen again.