Although we often think of OCD as a disorder that affects mainly adults, clinical research suggests that between 1 and 2% of children develop OCD. While many of the psychological treatments that work for adults are also effective for children, there are subtle but important differences in the way they are implemented.
There is a long standing association between epilepsy and various forms of mental illness. Although numbers vary from study to study, research suggests that between 10% and 20% of people with temporal lobe epilepsy have OCD; this is a rate that is much higher than what would be expected in the general population.
Although exposure therapy works for reducing symptoms of OCD, many people decline exposure therapy out of fear and misunderstanding. However, if you break down OCD exposure therapy step-by-step, you will discover that it is simply a tool for unlearning unhealthy associations.
Whether it's quitting smoking, starting a new diet or beginning a new workout routine, almost everyone has struggled at some point with making positive changes in their health behaviors. Engaging in OCD treatment is no different. It requires hard work and dedication to stick with an OCD treatment plan that initially causes distress or side-effects. Before beginning any OCD treatment plan, it is a good idea to check in with yourself to see how ready you are for change.
One of the things that the family and friends of people affected by OCD find to be the most stressful is dealing with the excessive reassurance seeking that can often accompany OCD. Learn what excessive reassurance seeking is, why it perpetuates symptoms of OCD and what to do about it.
Although OCD is a serious mental illness associated with high levels of disability, there are a number of OCD treatments that will significantly reduce OCD symptoms in two thirds of affected people. For the remaining one third of people not helped by standard OCD treatments, a number of alternative and experimental OCD treatments offer new hope. Learn more about the various OCD treatments available.
Although many people think of OCD as a disorder that affects only adults, there are many children with OCD. While there are many similarities between adults and children with OCD, there are also many important differences.
Although there are many effective psychological treatments for OCD, they do not work for everyone. To make these treatments for OCD more effective there is now an increased emphasis on integrating family members into treatment for OCD. Let’s explore integrating family into treatment for OCD
A key OCD symptom is obsessions, which are thoughts, images or ideas that won’t go away, are unwanted, and are extremely distressing or worrying. Among the most troubling are sexual obsessions. Let’s explore more about sexual obsessions in OCD.
Compulsive hoarding is more than just having lots of things. It's a specific type of behavior that can have a severe impact on a person's life. Although hoarding treatment is often very difficult to undertake, new types of cognitive-behavior therapy offer hope. Learn more about hoarding treatment.
While behavior therapies can be very effective, only two-thirds of patients complete treatment. Learn exactly how exposure based treatments for OCD work and why they fail.
If you have OCD, you know that OCD and stress go together. While there are a number of ways that people choose to cope with OCD and stress, not all coping strategies are equally effective in managing OCD and stress – and in fact, some can do more harm than good. Let’s review coping with OCD and stress.
Although there are currently a number of effective OCD treatments, these OCD treatments don't work for everyone. Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or rTMS, has received considerable attention as a possible alternative treatment to reduce OCD symptoms. Learn more about Transcranial magnetic stimulation and OCD treatment.
There are a number of mental health professionals who can provide quality OCD help. The type of OCD help provided often varies by professional. If you are receiving treatment for OCD within a hospital setting or an intensive OCD treatment program, you are likely to encounter almost all of the professionals listed below. Learn more about providers of OCD help.
Pathological or compulsive hoarding is a specific type of behavior characterized by acquiring and failing to throw out a large number of items that would appear to have little or no value to others, severe cluttering of the person's home so that it is no longer able to function as a viable living space and significant distress or impairment of work or social life. Although hoarding often occurs with OCD, the two are not always linked.
If you have OCD, you know that stress is major trigger of OCD symptoms and can often get in the way of treatment for OCD. As such, it is vital to understand what stress is and how to cope with it. Let’s explore stress and how to best manage it.
Pathological or compulsive hoarding (often just called hoarding) is a specific type of behavior characterized by acquiring and failing to throw out a large number of items that would appear to have little or no value to others, severe cluttering of the person’s home so that it is no longer able to function as a viable living space and significant distress or impairment of work or social life. Learn more about treatment for hoarding and how hoarding is diagnosed.
Many people enjoy the company of pets. While most pet owners provide excellent care to one or two animals at most, for some people, the desire to keep animals as pets crosses the line into a compulsive behavior called animal hoarding. Let’s explore the basics of animal hoarding.
Although treatment for OCD usually entails consulting with a qualified mental health professional, there are a number of OCD self help strategies that you can start using right now to help cope with your OCD symptoms. Let's explore the basics of OCD self help.
Alternative medicines such as herbal remedies have been growing in popularity in both Europe and North America. Many people have tried herbal remedies for OCD. One of the most popular herbal remedies for OCD is St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum). Read more to find out of if St. John's Wort is an effective remedy for OCD.
Many people describe themselves as a "pack rat" -- that is, someone who enjoys collecting items and does not like to throw things away. Although many self-confessed pack rats lead normal lives, acquiring and failing to throw out a large number of items that would appear to have little or no value to others could be a sign of compulsive hoarding, a behavior often associated with OCD. Let's explore when being a pack rat may be a sign of hoarding.
OCD perfectionism has long been thought to play a role in the development and maintenance of OCD symptoms. Let’s explore how to cope with OCD perfectionism.
Are your concerns about germs signs of OCD, or are you just a germaphobe? Find out.
OCD is a chronic mental illness that is associated with significant disability and suffering. If a family member or friend with OCD is exhibiting the potential warning signs of suicide, it is important to know what to do.
OCD symptoms include obsessions and compulsions. Learn more about the treatment and diagnosis of OCD symptoms.