Whether you have started recently, or are a long-time sufferer, the behavior of skin picking, nail biting, or hair pulling is no less emotionally devastating or physically damaging. It can be confusing to sift through feelings and thoughts as you try to make sense of what your behavior means, why you do what you do, and how to make positive changes. Here are dos and don'ts for treatment for these body-focused repetitive behaviors.
Ms. Muller is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Intern (#1687) practicing in Los Angeles. She has attended several universities across the country including Lehigh University, Auburn University, Valdosta State University, The University...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric disorder that frequently starts in childhood and adolescence. While often misunderstood, OCD can be challenging to manage, but it is very responsive to treatment. OCD is characterized by anxiety-provoking intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and/or anxiety-reducing repetitive behaviors (compulsions).
Andrew R. Gilbert, M.D. is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Hallowell Center in New York City. Dr. Gilbert practices both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and each approach is individuall...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
You think you finally found “The One.” S/he really seems to get you, love you, and you can even begin to imagine spending the rest of your lives together. And then “the conversation” happens. Your significant other tells you that you need “to talk” because s/he thinks it is getting serious and wants to be honest an open. S/he tells you that s/he has been suffering from OCD and wanted you to know. How can you process the news? What is okay to think? To say? To do?
Dr. Jonathan Schwartz, Clinical Director at the Center for Anxiety Relief in Union, NJ has been a mental health provider since 1995. He specializes in working with a wide spectrum of anxiety and mood disorders including: Obsessive Compulsive Dis...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
You just had a baby, and life is all sunshine and rainbows, right? Wrong. If you find yourself having a hard time relaxing, checking things repeatedly, getting stuck on thoughts about something bad happening, or feeling the need to clean and wash everything over and over, it could be a sign of postpartum OCD (PPOCD).
Crystal Clancy is a married mother of two. She experienced postpartum depression following the birth of her second child. She helped found Pregnancy and Postpartum Support MN, a non-profit organization that connects new and expectant parents wit...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Do you have habits that have become annoying rituals. Do you spend too much time washing, cleaning the house constantly, or checking the kitchen doors and locks over and over? While these activities are good to do, It becomes a problem when you do them over and over, and when the rituals interfere with your life. Here is some advice for what helps you and what doesn’t help you when treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) on your own.
Frank Healy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey. He counsels people with depression and anxiety. He has Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory. He remembers every day of his life since he was six years old. This incl...View Full ProfileRecent Articles