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 »

Don’t Shop Till You Drop — Skip the mall and help the IOCDF by shopping online!

Millions of shoppers will brave the crowds this Friday (and, for some Thanksgiving night!) for the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy known as Black Friday. Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and the unofficial kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Black Friday is followed by the relatively new tradition of Cyber Monday where… Read more »

Disorders Related to (and sometimes confused with) OCD

Disorders Related to OCD     It is important to get the right diagnosis as early as possible.   These other disorders are similar to OCD but are not OCD.   Some people can have both OCD and one or more of these.   Related Disorder How This Disorder “Looks Like” OCD

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