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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Screen Use And Mental Health Part 3: Sleep And Smartphones

Last time I reviewed how tv and video games can affect sleep. Smartphones need their own article. Smartphones are potentially more of a problem because unlike other devices they can alert a sleeping person to incoming calls/texts/messages. In fact, at least 30% of teens report being woken up during the night by their phone. In […]

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Screen Use And Mental Health Part 2: Sleep, TV, And Video Games

I probably don’t have to state this, but sleep is super important! Both the amount and quality of sleep are associated with cognitive functioning, memory, attention, and academic performance. Sleep is also related to physical health outcomes such as obesity, diabetes, and mental health including depression and substance use. For teens, who need sleep badly, […]

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The Exposure Lifestyle Day Two: Smile!

When you’re walking around it can be easy to avoid looking at people, by using your phone or simply looking down. Seriously, next time you’re out take a look at how many people are looking at their phones when walking around. The problem is that if you have any social anxiety this can just reinforce […]

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The Exposure Lifestyle Day One: Hairdresser

I received a Great Clips coupon in the mail last week so today I decided to go. My hair was getting far too long! First, I accidentally went to a different chain with the coupon, and it was only when I sat down with the hairdresser and mentioned the voucher that they said I was […]

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Anxiety Shorts: The Exposure Lifestyle

You don’t just “beat” an anxiety disorder and never have to deal with it ever again. As you know, anxiety is not something that ever goes away. It’s a necessity to life. The difference is, when you successfully treat an anxiety disorder, the anxiety no longer interferes with your life or distresses you. It’s an […]

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