Art Therapy in OCD Treatment

Art Therapy can be a great way to augment talk therapy for OCD. However, it’s important to seek out a therapist with training in CBT and ERP for OCD.

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Debunking the myths of OCD (Video)

Here’s a very well-done video lesson about the myths surrounding OCD. Source: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/debunking-the-myths-of-ocd-natascha-m-santos There’s a common misconception that if you like to meticulously organize your things, keep your hands clean, or plan out your weekend to the last detail, you might be OCD. In fact, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) is a serious psychiatric condition that…

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What is misophonia

Misophonia, though currently not listed in the DSM V, is a disorder of sound aversion. In my practice, I have observed misophonia co-occurring with OCD and other times presenting by itself. It is a frustrating disorder with intense emotions including anger, anxiety, and disgust. During treatment I help my clients increase their arousal management and distress tolerance using mindfulness and…

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Genetics of OCD Research Study

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles has launched a major study to identify the genetic causes of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. If you are in the area and would like to participate, here is their recruitment announcement: Genetic Psychiatry Cohort (GPC) Have you…

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Resources for Helping Children in the Wake of School Shooting

Paramjit Joshi, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC Helpful Resources: The National Association of School Psychologists — Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (PDF) American Psychological Association – Helping Your Children manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting…

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ASAN Statement on Media Reports Regarding Newtown, CT Shooting

During this time of grief following the Newton, CT shooting, it is important to understand that anxiety is also a common response to tragic events such as this. As we, individually and nationally, anxiously struggle to understand and prevent further violence, it is important that this behavior is not blamed on disability. ASAN covers this…

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