Treating Co-Occurring OCD and Substance Use Disorder: What Professionals Need to Know

By Stacey C. Conroy, LCSW, MPH Stacey C. Conroy LCSW, MPH is the Supervisory Social Worker for Mental Health & Substance Abuse at the Richmond VA Medical and a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry for Virginia Commonwealth University. This article was initially published in the Spring 2016 edition of the OCD Newsletter.  Editor’s Note: This article… Read more »

Co-Occurring OCD and Substance Use Disorder: What the Research Tells Us

by Stacey Conroy, LCSW, MPH Stacey C. Conroy LCSW, MPH is the supervisory social worker for mental health & substance abuse at the Richmond VA Medical and a clinical instructor in psychiatry for Virginia Commonwealth University. This article was initially published in the Winter 2015 edition of the OCD Newsletter.  For those who live and… Read more »

Emotional Contamination

Emotional Contamination A Lesser Known Subtype of OCDBy Carol Hevia, Psy.D.   Case Example      Joe is a 25 year old college drop out who is currently unemployed and lives in an apartment above his parents’ garage.  He has a

Perfectionism Are You Sure it Pays Off?

Perfectionism Are You Sure it Pays Off?Jeff Szymanski, PhD   The “Real” Problem With Perfectionism      If you ask someone with OCD about the payoffs for engaging in compulsive behavior (what desired outcomes do you get), he or she will

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

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