What is Pedophilia OCD?

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   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 behavioral rituals … Read More

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

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

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

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

What is Psychosis/Mental Health OCD?

 – by Madison Di Silvio     Psychosis/Mental Health OCD is a subtype of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, that consists of intrusive thoughts and ritualistic behavior in attempt to reduce the level of distress these thoughts cause. Psychosis/Mental health OCD is when the sufferer fears they are developing psychosis or another mental health condition that they deem as “worse”. Both could be … Read More

OCD Core Fears: The Man Behind the Curtain

   – by Madison Di Silvio The core fear is an important part in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  Identifying the core fear is like revealing “the man behind the curtain” of OCD; we must pay attention to it in order to understand how it is controlling thoughts and compulsions. What is a Core Fear? The “core fear” in … Read More

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction: Why Reassurance-Seeking is Making Your Anxiety Worse

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC     Reassurance seeking is a behavior or mental act aimed at clarifying or verifying something that is typically already known. It often emerges through an individual’s inability to tolerate uncertainty. Most people can obtain information and feel relatively satisfied with being “sure enough” of a specific quandary.  However, this “sure enough” part of the brain … Read More

What is Contamination OCD?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Contamination OCD 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 feel driven to engage in repetitive … Read More