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 »

“Dear Loved One, I have OCD” — Tips for Individuals and Family Members about Disclosing Your OCD

by Jon Hershfield, MFT What people literally see when observing someone suffering from OCD barely scratches the surface of what’s really going on for that sufferer. You might see a woman spending a lot of time in front of the sink and conclude, “Wow, they really hate germs.” Maybe she does, but all you saw was… 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

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/Straight?

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