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OCD and Eating Disorders

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Research suggests that OCD and eating disorders commonly occur together. Over 60% of people with eating disorders have anxiety disorders; 41% have OCD and 20% have social anxiety. For successful treatment, those with eating disorder often require treatment for anxiety, also. ERP, Exposure and Response Prevention, is successful for many with OCD and ED.

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When OCD and Depression Require Treatment

Thursday April 17, 2014

OCD and painOCD and Depression often show up in the same person. Although antidepressant medications are usually effective for both of these conditions, treatment must also include therapy once the depressive symptoms are stabilized. Therapy for these conditions may be more complicated than medication management.

Many people with Depression respond well to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). However, the very specific type of CBT (called Exposure Response Prevention  or ERP) that is used most frequently for OCD treatment is not the type of CBT used for Depression. Traditional CBT works for some who have Depression, but others respond better to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) or other therapies that includes some CBT training along with other techniques. Regardless of the treatment modality, both conditions need to be treated. Read more...

OCD: Disability in the Workplace

Saturday April 12, 2014

OCD at workOCD can be debilitating, especially at work. Those whose symptoms interfere with job performance have legal protection under the ADA. While there are many things to consider before coming out at work about your condition, for some it may be the best way to protect your job. OCD can impede job performance in many ways. Someone with hand-washing compulsions may have difficulty meeting deadlines, staying at his/her desk or in meetings. A person who requires frequent reassurance may have difficulty with coworker or supervisor relationships. In these cases, people on the job may already be concerned about your ability to meet expectations which often include work relationships. Find out more about the benefits and costs associated with disclosing your condition at work.

Strange Bedfellws: OCD and ADHD

Monday April 7, 2014

colorful brainWhat do ADHD and OCD have in common? At first glance, it would appear nothing. One often thinks of a person who is fastidious, focused and 'on-task' when they conjure up an image of OCD, and something resembling Pigpen from the Charlie Brown or the Roadrunner from Wylie Coyote when they think of ADHD. Obviously, these stereotypes do not represent the majority of people with either disorder, but nonetheless the stereotypes continue. It is not only the layperson who often confuses the crossover symptoms of these two disorders. Teachers and other professionals who work with children frequently mistake one for the other. It gets really tricky to diagnose and treat when a child or adult has both disorders. Read more...

OCPD: How It Differs From OCD

Thursday March 27, 2014

stern lookOCPD is a personality disorder; OCD is an anxiety disorder. While that may not help you understand the differences between the two, it is one of the primary differences. Personality disorders are generally the result of characteristics and behaviors that are learned, though there may be a genetic component, according to the NIH, since OCPD runs in families.

An anxiety disorder is a biological condition that results due to neurological or chemical malfunctions in the brain. To confuse matters even more, many people with OCPD also have anxiety and/or panic disorders that are separate conditions. One of the main differences in these disorders is that people with OCD want to be relieved of their unwanted thoughts or images, while those with OCPD generally believe their thoughts are perfectly normal and things would be fine if others would/could meet their expectations. Read more...

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