A Need for Certainty

By Dr. Cynthia Chapman, Carlsbad, California There are a number of things that make us humans vulnerable to anxiety and worry. But one of the common attitudes among people who deal with anxiety is having a need for certainty. It is almost as though we are requiring 100 percent certainty that we will encounter zero…

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The Treatment of Hypochondriasis

By Lori R. Riddle-Walker, MFT Hypochondriasis is a “preoccupation with fears of having, or the idea that one has, a serious disease based on the person’s misinterpretation of bodily symptoms.” These fears continue even after appropriate medical evaluation shows no illness and, for a diagnosis of hypochondriasis, must cause clinically significant distress or impairment in…

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TLC Video: Dad to Dad – Parenting a Child with Trichotillomania

The Trichotillomania Learning Center asked a group of teens what tools would be most useful to them. Overwhelmingly, the teens agreed that they needed a method for communicating about trich with their fathers. As a result, TLC Founder Christina Pearson interviewed three dads of children with trichotillomania, and here’s their message to other dads everywhere.…

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Brain Function and Compulsive Hoarding

Compulsive hoarding can be defined as behavior leading to an over-accumulation of possessions that negatively impacts life. There are multiple issues that come together to create hoarding. It has a poor prognosis and can cause extreme distress for the sufferer as well as family and friends. Hoarding can create safety hazards, interfere with the ability to complete daily tasks, cause financial and legal problems, social isolation, and relational difficulties.

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"Obsessed" series on A&E

Check out the series on A&E, “Obsessed,” featuring people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, Hoarding, and phobias. Visit site

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Why Hoard?

By Lori L. Riddle-Walker, MFT Often there are multiple issues that come together to create hoarding, an over-accumulation of possessions, which negatively impacts life. Having a collection of items does not necessarily indicate a hoarding problem if the collection is manageable both physically (space, ability to care for properly) and financially (not part of unplanned…

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The first time I held you in my arms
My heart melted
Watching you grow was a
Pleasure beyond words
I often wondered why you
Always seemed so worried about
Doing the right thing or telling the truth

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Understand

You don’t understand all this suffering
and pain, this heavy burden,
the pitted feelings I feel.
You don’t understand that I have wings
that will let me soar and be free,
but I’m shackled to the ground.

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What Does O.C.D. Stand For?

Occasionally changing dilemma
Can’t make up your mind
Try to put it behind
Just say no
Then it will go
Maybe it will climb up a tree
I don’t care as long as it flees

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