Beyond the Blues: Postpartum OCD

Beyond the Blues Postpartum OCDBy Jonathan Abramowitz, Ph.D., ABPP        In recent years we have seen an increased focus on mental health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. One reason for this focus is a number of highly publicized

Living With Someone Who Has OCD. Guidelines for Family Members

Living With Someone Who Has OCD Guidelines for Family Members (From Learning to Live with OCD)By Barbara Van Noppen, Ph.D. and Michele Pato, MD          In an effort to strengthen relationships between individuals with OCD and their family

Families of OCD Sufferers Seldom Get The Help They Need:

Families of OCD Sufferers Seldom Get The Help They Need Why They Don’t and Why They ShouldBy Heidi J. Pollard, RN, MSN and C. Alec Pollard, Ph.D.          12 year old Jill is late for a family gathering

Families: “What Can I Do to Help?”

“What Can I Do to Help?” By Barbara Van Noppen, Ph.D.    and Michele Pato, MD                    Finally, after years of not knowing where to turn, someone has given it a name. A family member has been diagnosed as

Differentiating Between Asperger’s and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Differentiating Between Asperger’s and Obsessive Compulsive DisorderBy Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D. and Jill Henriksen, M.S.        In recent years clinicians have continually seen a rise in Asperger‘s Disorder (AD), especially among child and adolescent populations. Whether this rise is due

How I Treat OCD Killer Thoughts: Treating Violent Obsessions

How I Treat OCD Killer Thoughts   Treating Violent ObsessionsBy Fred Penzel, Ph.D.        There are dozens of categories of different obsessions and compulsions that make up the disorder known as OCD, and while these cover a wide range

How Do I Know I’m Not Really Gay?

How Do I Know I’m Not Really Gay?By Fred Penzel, Ph.D.        OCD, as we know, is largely about experiencing severe and unrelenting doubt. It can cause you to doubt even the most basic things about yourself – even