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.


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.


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.


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.


How to Self-Motivate?

Do not expect yourself to act like a robot. You are human. You can not just motivate yourself to do something anytime you or other people ask you to perform a task. Having said that, what can you do? In this article I discuss a few potential ways to motivate yourself. See if they work for you. If they do not, do not force it.