OCD Awareness Week: October 9-15, 2016

It's OCD Awareness Week once again, a week to "promote awareness, education and understanding about obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders," according to the International OCD Foundation. Today is also World Mental Health Day.

And it's still pretty sorely needed, if the replies to this post on the Foundation's Facebook page are any indication.

Coping Strategies

3 Popular Meditation Apps at a Glance

I started working meditation into my daily routine back in February, mostly of the mindfulness variety. I'm going to just say this up-front: Meditation is not a replacement for therapy, medication or both.

I've been meditating all summer, but since I stopped taking my mood stabilizer...


Could OCD Be Turned Off?

There was some big news for OCDers this past weekend: Scientists discovered a specific brain receptor that could be triggered to cause OCD-like symptoms in mice, including anxiety and overgrooming.

And much more exciting, scientists also figured out how to "unstick" the OCD response in...


Spread Love, Not Hate

This has been a heartwrenching week. On Sunday, a gunman walked into a gay nightclub in Orlando and opened fire. He killed 49 people and injured 53. First and foremost, of course, I desperately wish I could go and provide comfort to the families of everyone who lost their lives.

Every single time I read about a shooting in the news, my gut churns. With this one, however, my grief seems more personal, even though I didn't personally know anyone at Pulse. I went...

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