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What is Pregnancy OCD?

   – by Madison Di Silvio   Pregnancy OCD is a subtype of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, that consists of intrusive thoughts and ritualistic behavior in an attempt to reduce the level of distress these thoughts cause. Pregnancy OCD is when the sufferer fears getting pregnant or fears that they are pregnant. Often without having penetrative sex. Pregnancy OCD can also be ... Read More...
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Your Energy is Precious – Stop Wasting It

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   There is a finite amount of time in each day. Most of us are hyperaware of this fact, continually fretting about how we will manage to accomplish everything we need to get done. But perhaps the bigger issue is how we are utilizing our time. After all, our level of energy is not finite. ... Read More...
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Do’s and Don’ts of Helping Someone With Anxiety

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. However, people with anxiety disorders experience excessive and persistent worry about any number of things. Often times, it interferes with their ability to function at work, school and socially. In order to best help someone with an anxiety disorder, is important to understand their experience. Use the steps below as ... Read More...
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Are You Thinking Too Much?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Overthinking, otherwise known as rumination, describes the act of actively thinking about a situation in an attempt to understand it from every side. People often ruminate because it provides some them with some feeling of “control” over a situation in which they have none. In reality, rumination has quite the opposite effect. Dwelling on concerns or memories ... Read More...
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Attachment Styles & Adult Relationships

  by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   You may have heard the phrase “attachment style” and wondered if it was relevant to you or whether it was just another psychology buzzword being thrown into the vernacular. The concept of attachment styles has actually been around since the mid 20th-century when psychologist John Bowlby developed a psychological framework known as “attachment theory”. Within ... Read More...
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