What is Emotional Contamination?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   “Contamination” is frequently associated with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). So much so that people mistakenly assume that all individuals with OCD struggle with germophobia or compulsive cleaning. While this is most certainly true for some people, but there are also numerous subtypes of OCD that have nothing to do with cleanliness at all. Common subtypes of … Read More

Navigating the “I Should Have Known” Moments

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   We all have situations that we revisit from time to time and see things we could have done differently. We puzzle over the same scenario like a Rubik’s cube, asking questions like: “How could this have happened?” or “what was I thinking when I decided to do/not do this thing?” or “what would things … Read More

Hair-Pulling, Skin-Picking and Other BFRBs

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC     Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) describe a group of repetitive and compulsive actions directed towards one’s own body. These behaviors can result in physical damage to the body over time. Common examples of BFRBs include hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking (dermatillomania/excoriation disorder), and nail biting. Individuals with BFRBs often engage in these behaviors to cope … Read More

What is a Highly Sensitive Person?

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   You’ve probably heard the of “introverts” and “empaths” before. Introvert describes a person who becomes drained quickly in social situations and needs plenty of time alone to recharge their energy. Empaths are individuals who have a naturally heightened awareness of the emotions of those around them and often absorb and internalize those emotions. There … Read More

What is Harm OCD?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   What is OCD?   Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by the presence of obsessions and compulsions.  Obsessions are thoughts, ideas or images that are unwelcome, upsetting and recurrent. Compulsions are repetitive mental or behavioral rituals done to alleviate the distress caused by obsessions Individuals will engage in repetitive mental or … Read More

What is Pure OCD?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Pure Obsessional OCD (often called “Pure OCD” or “Pure O”) is among the many subtypes of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Before looking more closely at this particular subtype, let’s do a quick review of OCD. OCD is characterized by the presence of disturbing thoughts or images (obsessions) that are intrusive and unwanted. As a result, people with OCD … Read More

5 Ways to Heal Your Inner Child

      by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC     As adults, we often overlook a significant aspect of ourselves—the inner child. That younger version of who we once were holds the key to unlocking creativity, healing past wounds, and discovering a deep sense of joy and authenticity within us. What does the “inner child” mean? The inner child is a psychological … Read More

The Link Between ADHD & Body Dysmorphic Disorder

  by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC     If you are familiar with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), you may think they have nothing in common. After all, one is related to attention and hyperactivity, while the other revolves around body image and self-perception. Surprisingly, research has found significant correlations between the two disorders in regard to … Read More

We Need to Talk About Rape

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Rape one of the of the most ubiquitous, prevalent, and invisible issues affecting our society, both currently and historically.  Those who have experienced rape or sexual assault often deal with their crisis silently. This is due in large part to the cultural, social, and psychological barriers that make open discourse about sexual trauma feel stigmatizing … Read More

Orthorexia: When Healthy Eating Becomes a Dangerous Obsession

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Orthorexia nervosa (ON) describes a type of disordered eating in which an individual becomes preoccupied with consuming only healthy, “clean” foods. Although it is not currently included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) due to a lack of research, it is still recognized by many mental health professionals … Read More