No, You’re Actually Not “So OCD”

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC “I’m so OCD!” “That’s just my OCD!” These phrases probably sound familiar—people often mistakenly assume they are describing behaviors they believe are synonymous with being a “perfectionist” or a “germaphobe”. For example, you might hear somebody say, “I’m OCD about dishes…I can’t sleep until they are all washed and put away.” These remarks usually come … Read More

Do You Have Unhealthy Boundaries?

by Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC Setting boundaries is an important, but often misunderstood, tool. Some people think boundaries are only needed in extreme scenarios where physical or emotional abuse is occurring. Other people may believe they have good boundaries when in reality they are putting up walls or avoid asserting their own wishes and preferences out of fear as being seen … Read More

Sexual Orientation OCD (SO-OCD)

Sexual Orientation OCD (SO-OCD) Sexual Orientation Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (SO-OCD) is a sub-type of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). When OCD is mentioned, most people think of excessive hand-washing due to fear of germs and counting prior to completing an action to prevent a dreadful situation (usually irrational). However, OCD does not discriminate; it latches onto anything the individual values. Women are slightly … Read More

Engaging with our Partner’s Emotions

When involved in a committed relationship, naturally there are expectations. Unspoken rules to not violate each other’s trust. To be that foundation of support through thick and thin. When our partners are sad, we want to make them happy. When they are down, it feels dutiful to lift them up. But what happens in the moments when issues cannot be … Read More