6 01, 2018

Recognizing Ambivalence When Treating Hoarding Disorder

By | January 6th, 2018|From OCD to Anxiety, Partner Perspectives|

Ambivalence – and a great deal of it – is a typical feature of hoarding disorder. Even clients who seek treatment for this debilitating condition bring considerable ambivalence to the goals and tasks of the treatment.

16 12, 2017

Does My Loved One Have Hoarding Disorder (HD)?

By | December 16th, 2017|From OCD to Anxiety, Partner Perspectives|

The visible signs that a loved one has Hoarding Disorder (HD) can, in some cases, be pretty obvious. Here are ten warning signs that your loved one may have HD.

1 12, 2017

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Harm Reduction for Hoarding Disorder

By | December 1st, 2017|From OCD to Anxiety, Partner Perspectives|

Hoarding disorder (HD) is a complex condition that affects approximately two to five percent of the population and is a difficult problem to treat. However, researchers have developed a special form of cognitive-behavior therapy that is promising for the treatment of the condition. For those who don't seek treatment, communities have undertaken harm reduction approaches.

30 09, 2017

Addressing Family Accommodation in the Treatment of Pediatric Anxiety and OCD

By | September 30th, 2017|From OCD to Anxiety, Partner Perspectives|

As a clinician specializing in the treatment of pediatric anxiety and OCD, I am very fortunate to have access to so many effective interventions designed to treat the children suffering from these disorders. However, as anyone who works with this population knows, addressing the child’s symptoms is only half the battle.

12 04, 2017

Why it’s worth it: Committing to ERP for OCD during treatment and beyond!

By | April 12th, 2017|From OCD to Anxiety|

Many people feel hopeful after reading about OCD and learning that treatment may help them.  At the same time, as they learn about what exposure and response prevention (ERP) entails, they often feel caught between a rock and a hard place. As awful as OCD is, therapy that involves facing your worst fears may also […]

27 11, 2016

Preventing Relapse in the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Life-Style Exposures

By | November 27th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety|

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic condition and therefore even following an effective treatment, your client always and will forever face the possibility of relapse. Assisting the client to manage the risk of relapse is an essential part of treatment for the condition. As you taper sessions with the client, use the times between sessions […]

29 10, 2016

Preventing Relapse in the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Self-Directed Exposures

By | October 29th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety, Partner Perspectives|

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic condition and therefore even following an effective treatment, your client always and will forever face the possibility of relapse. Assisting the client to manage the risk of relapse is an essential part of treatment for the condition. As you taper sessions with the client, use the times between sessions […]

19 08, 2016

From Kazoos to Spider Rings: Prolonged Exposure with Kids

By | August 19th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety, Kid Korner|

Exposure appears to be the key change-producing procedure in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety and phobic disorders in children. Successful exposures depend on the clinician’s ability to engage the child in anxiety-provoking tasks. Successful exposures are both developmentally appropriate and fun for the child. Developing exposures for anxious children can be fun for the clinician […]

5 08, 2016

Nuts and Bolts of Imaginal Exposure

By | August 5th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety|

Imaginal exposure involves the client imagining the feared object or situation to evoke fear and anxiety. Research has demonstrated that direct in vivo exposure to feared objects or situations is more effective than imaginal exposure to the same circumstance. However, the combination of both exposure strategies has produced excellent outcomes and, at times, imaginal exposure […]

4 05, 2016

What Does OCD Mean Anyway? A Quick Guide for Kids and Families

By | May 4th, 2016|From OCD to Anxiety, Kid Korner|

What Does the D in OCD Mean?

Obsessions (the thoughts, images, and doubts that bother and scare you) and compulsions (the things you do and think to decrease your fear and discomfort) are upsetting enough but for some kids, the D in OCD can be pretty upsetting too. So what does the D in OCD mean […]