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OCD and Driving



by khunaspix

My son Dan was fearful of driving and hesitant to take driving lessons. Having driven with him a bit, my husband and I could see he was a conscientious, cautious driver and we encouraged him to work toward this important goal, which he did. We didn't know at the time that he was struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Whether you have OCD or not, driving can be scary. It's a huge...
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OCD and Indecision

I've been an advocate for OCD awareness for almost ten years now and while I feel that some progress has been made in the public's understanding of the disorder, we still have a long way to go. One of the more difficult concepts to get across, I believe, is just how debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder can be. Maybe because many people, on some level, can relate to some of the more common obsessions and compulsions,...
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OCD and Dating

by nenetus

With Valentine's Day approaching, it seems like a good time to bring up the topic of OCD and dating. I've previously written about the heartache relationship OCD (R-OCD) can cause, and it's certainly not hard to see how having obsessive-compulsive disorder can affect all aspects of dating. Indeed, the presence of any illness can easily complicate relationships.

Of course, each relationship comes with its unique issues, so there...
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OCD and Thinking about Thoughts

by stuart miles

I've written before about the fact that there really are no "OCD thoughts." As I explain in this post: "...when you get right down to it, there’s OCD, and there are thoughts, but there are no OCD thoughts." Certainly disturbing thoughts might be more vivid, intense, and frequent in those with obsessive-compulsive disorder, but the content of these obsessions  is typically no different from those...
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What about Siblings?


by sattva

There is so much focus on family and spending time together during the holidays. Lots has been written about how to get along with those difficult relatives that, thankfully, you only need to interact with once or twice a year. You figure if you can just get through it, you're good for another year!

But what if that "difficult relative" lives with you? What if he or she is...
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Here Comes 2017

by krishna arts

I've written before about issues that might arise during the holiday season for those with obsessive-compulsive disorder.  If you or a loved one has OCD, I recommend checking out my article. At the very least, if you are struggling you will know that you are not alone.

As I reflect upon this past year, both personally, professionally, and globally, I realize that as with every other...
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OCD and Relapsing

bytiverylucky

As most of us know, overcoming obsessive-compulsive disorder is no easy task. It takes hard work, enormous effort, courage, and dedication. When those with OCD regain control of their lives, it is reason to celebrate. It is an amazing accomplishment - which is why when a relapse occurs, it can be heartbreaking.

In this wonderful article written by Dr. James Claiborn, a relapse is defined "...as a return...
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OCD and Twins

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It is widely accepted that the causes of obsessive-compulsive disorder involve both genetic and environmental factors, and this theory has been supported by research. While OCD has been known to "run in families," this doesn't really tell us whether genes or environment plays a more prominent role in the development of the disorder. Studying twins who were separated at birth affords us the opportunity to separate these...
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OCD and Mental Imagery

In this article published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, mental imagery is defined as:

...the experience of conscious contents that possesses sensory properties and therefore resembles actual perceptual experience. The perceptual properties can be visual but can also cover other sensory modalities such as tactile, acoustic, or somatic experience. In contrast to cognitions, mental images are not purely verbal or abstract.

In other words, we see, hear, or feel something without the presence of the...
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A Thanksgiving Post

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. In addition to spending time with my family, I’ve just always loved the idea of a day set aside to be thankful for all that we have. Mindfulness at its best!

I am so thankful that my son Dan continues to do well, eight years after severe obsessive-compulsive disorder completely debilitated him. I am grateful that Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery, published in January 2015,...
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