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

What is Real Event OCD?

  – Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   Real Event OCD is a subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a mental health condition characterized by intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors that cause significant distress and interfere with daily functioning. As the name suggests, Real Event OCD can be defined as simply as “having OCD about real events”. As humans, we have all done things … Read More

What is Maladaptive Daydreaming?

– Carolyn Moriarty, LCPC   The human mind is always active. We have approximately seventy thousand unique thoughts every single day. This probably comes as no surprise to the overthinkers out there who may be asking themselves “do I have that many thoughts per day? Does this thought count? Am I going over my ‘normal person thought quota’ by thinking about … Read More