Spoiling Compulsions

OCD can be really tough to treat. On average, people don’t come to treatment for 7 years after the onset of symptoms. That’s a ton of time for the disorder to take a strong grip on someone’s life. OCD involves obsessive thoughts, things that pop into a person’s mind and won’t leave. Often, these thoughts […]

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Anxiety Shorts: Rejection

One fear common to people with social anxiety is the fear of getting rejected. The thought of being told no, having a disagreement, or being in an awkward situation is just too painful. Because this fear is so prominent, many people with social anxiety become quite proficient at figuring things out independently. And yes, you […]

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The Exposure Lifestyle Day Three: Picking Up Litter

I was walking to facilitate a support group for OCD. On the way I figured it would be a great opportunity to conduct an exposure that might be relevant for contamination OCD. I don’t mean to over-generalize, but with contamination OCD the obsession often involves fear of becoming sick, and the compulsion can include a […]

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Anxiety Shorts: Habituation

Have you ever been in a situation where it seemed scary at first, but got easier over time? That’s called “habituation.” I’m sitting on the bus, and my phone starts ringing. My wife is calling. I used to just ignore it and text: “I’m on the bus, what’s up?” I didn’t like picking up the […]

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Anxiety Shorts: The Pink Elephant Problem

A very common action people struggling with anxiety face, is trying to NOT think about bad things happening. This is also very common in sports. I remember many rounds of golf where I would be playing well and then standing over a shot thinking, “Don’t hit it into the tree, don’t hit it into the […]

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Anxiety Shorts: Why Do I Faint When When I See Blood?

As a kid, I remember being scared of needles. It all started when I was at school waiting to receive what I think was my tuberculosis injection. We were all lined up outside, and the older kids were having their injections first. They would then walk past us talking loudly about how they, “felt the […]

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