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

The Surprising Difference Between Intrusive vs. Impulsive Thoughts

– Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Every day, twelve-year-old Emily is consumed with the fear that she might accidentally hurt somebody or cause them harm. One day, she sees a knife on the kitchen counter and the thought “you could walk into the other room and stab your father with that knife” immediately pops into her head. For the rest of the … Read More

“That’s OCD?” Part 1

Types of OCD (that People Don’t Like Talking About) By Taylor Newendorp, M.A., LCPC The most common stereotypes of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are that it is characterized by someone being overly concerned with cleanliness (excessively washing hands, cleaning and disinfecting things, etc.), someone liking things very organized, or someone repeatedly checking things like locks. These can be symptoms of … Read More