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

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

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

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

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

Food for Thought

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC     The Mind-Body Connection 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 … Read More

Take a Stupid Walk for Your Stupid Mental Health

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   The title of this blog will not make sense to everyone, so let me explain. The phrase “going on a stupid walk for my stupid mental health” went viral a few years ago thanks to this TikTok video made by creator @ninalaevski. The video in question shows a girl bundling up, charging out the door … Read More

What is a Midlife Eating Disorder?

    – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   National Eating Disorder Awareness week (NEDAW) is observed each year during the last week in February. During my time in high school, this “awareness” typically looked like some well-intentioned student organization plastering triggering images of “textbook anorexic” models in the girls’ bathroom. Although perspectives on eating-disorders have become more progressive, there is still … Read More

The Link Between Body Dysmorphic Disorder & OCD

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is an anxiety disorder that causes a person to experience excessive worries and anxiety about one or several aspects of their physical appearance. BDD affects approximately one in every 50 people. While a person of any age or gender can have BDD, it is most common in teenage and young adult … Read More