OCD and Anger

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by the presence of disturbing thoughts or images (obsessions) that are intrusive and unwanted. The nature of these obsessions are distressing and experiencing them on a daily can cause an individual to feel that they are inherently immoral or are likely to end up committing an immoral act. Individuals will … Read More

OCD Medication

OCD Medication - Chicago Counseling Center

Considering taking medication for your OCD? Here is a guide to give you all the information to make an informed choice.   What is OCD? Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is generally understood as the presence of obsessions and/or compulsions, although the two are often found together. Obsessions can be in the form of thoughts, urges, or images and are persistent in … Read More

Existential OCD

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC In the post below, you will learn more about what obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is and how it is characterized. This post will focus specifically on “existential OCD”, just one of the many unique subtypes of the disorder. Read on to learn about what it means to have existential OCD, common symptoms and treatment options.   

Is Your Diet Making You Sick?

  It’s no secret that food has a significant impact on the mind and body. Eating healthy, nutritious foods generally leads to increased energy, mental clarity and self-esteem. We also know what foods have the opposite effect—typically those that include high amount of sugar, grease and fat. While this basic approach to nutrition works for many people, for others, the … Read More

Regain Control of Worry

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Nervousness, uncertainty and anxiety are an unavoidable part of life. These emotions usually arise as an appropriate response to circumstances that pose a potential threat to our well-being—for instance, a loss of employment, a decline in health or separation from a loved one. This normal stress response, known as “eustress,” actually serves a positive function because … Read More

Do You Have Enough Self-Compassion?

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC As children, one of the first things we learn is how to be kind to others. A strong emphasis is placed on helping, sharing and what it means to be a good friend—unarguably imperative qualities to instill at a young age. However, Western culture places far less importance on showing that same kindness to ourselves—the thought … Read More

How to Make and Break Habits

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Humans are creatures of habit. There are certain things we do every day that give our lives order. Having some type of routine is considered healthy because it can help us with time-management and provide structure to an otherwise chaotic day. However, this adherence can also mean that we mindlessly continue to engage in unhealthy behaviors … Read More

Reduce Anxiety in 1 minute or less

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Anxiety and panic attacks are scary experiences. In the moment, they can feel all-consuming and trick you into believing that they will never end. The good news is that panic attacks typically only last about 10 minutes and are very treatable with the proper mental health support. Since it is difficult to think logically when your body … Read More

OCD and OCPD: What’s the Difference?

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Every day, Mark is consumed with the fear that he might accidentally hurt somebody or cause them harm. He is often late for work because he circles his route several times, seeking to reassure himself that there is no evidence of a car accident. When Mark does hear of a car accident, he worries that is … Read More