Category: OCD

  • Understanding and Overcoming “Not Just Right” Feelings in OCD

    Understanding and Overcoming “Not Just Right” Feelings in OCD

    What Are “Not Just Right” Feelings in OCD? “Not just right” (NJR) feelings are a common experience for individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). These feelings are characterized by a pervasive sense that something is off, incomplete, or not quite right. Unlike typical obsessions and compulsions, NJR feelings are not always linked to a specific fear…

  • Mind Traps: Unveiling the Harm Obsessions in OCD

    Mind Traps: Unveiling the Harm Obsessions in OCD

    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often characterized by intense, persistent fears and compulsions that are rooted in maladaptive beliefs about harm. These beliefs, which can distort an individual’s perception of risk and safety, significantly contribute to the anxiety and repetitive behaviors typical of the disorder. This article delves into the specific aspects of maladaptive beliefs about…

  • Beyond the Surface: Exploring the Depths of Contamination in OCD

    Beyond the Surface: Exploring the Depths of Contamination in OCD

    What is OCD with a Fear of Contamination? Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic mental health condition characterized by unwanted, persistent thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Among the various themes of OCD, the fear of contamination is one of the most prevalent. This subtype involves an excessive fear of becoming contaminated by germs,…

  • The OCD Mindset: Unpacking Perfectionism, Memory Faults, and Abandonment Anxieties

    The OCD Mindset: Unpacking Perfectionism, Memory Faults, and Abandonment Anxieties

    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized not only by repetitive behaviors and intrusive thoughts but also by underlying maladaptive beliefs. These beliefs often exacerbate the condition, creating a cycle that’s difficult to break without therapeutic intervention. This article delves into the themes of perfectionism, memory, vulnerability, and the complexities of fear of abandonment and trust in…

  • Understanding OCD Through the Lens of Perfectionism and Memory Beliefs

    Understanding OCD Through the Lens of Perfectionism and Memory Beliefs

    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition marked by unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). These actions are intended to manage anxiety or prevent feared situations, but they only provide temporary relief and can disrupt daily life. Prevalence and Common Consequences Approximately 2-3% of people globally suffer from OCD, typically emerging in adolescence…

  • Breaking the Cycle: A Cognitive Approach to Overcoming OCD

    Breaking the Cycle: A Cognitive Approach to Overcoming OCD

    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by persistent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) that a person feels driven to perform. These compulsions are often undertaken in an attempt to reduce anxiety or distress or to prevent a feared event or situation; however, they are not realistically connected…

  • Breaking Free from OCD: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding and Managing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    Breaking Free from OCD: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding and Managing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

    What is OCD? Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by unwanted, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) that a person feels driven to perform. These compulsions are often performed in an attempt to alleviate the distress caused by the obsessions. OCD can significantly interfere with a person’s daily…

  • Exploring the Concept of Doubt in OCD: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Perspective

    Exploring the Concept of Doubt in OCD: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Perspective

    Key Points Introduction Doubt is a core symptom and cognitive theme in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), presenting unique challenges and impacting individuals’ lives profoundly. This article delves into the concept of doubt in OCD, its manifestations, cognitive underpinnings, and how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can offer effective strategies for managing and overcoming it. The Nature of…

  • Exploring the Debate: Is “Pure O” OCD a Distinct Diagnosis?

    Exploring the Debate: Is “Pure O” OCD a Distinct Diagnosis?

    Imagine we’re sitting down over a cup of coffee, and I start talking about a topic close to my heart—Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, as it’s more commonly known. You’ve likely heard of OCD before; it’s often portrayed in the media as a condition where people are driven to compulsively clean their hands or check that…

  • OCD vs. Pure O OCD – What is the difference?

    OCD vs. Pure O OCD – What is the difference?

    Introduction: Delineating the Cognitive Landscapes of OCD and Pure O OCD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a complex mental health condition characterized by unwanted and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) that a person feels driven to perform. Traditionally, OCD is recognized by its visible compulsions, such as excessive hand-washing, checking, or…

  • OCD Diagnosis: Understanding and Managing the Cognitive Cycle

    OCD Diagnosis: Understanding and Managing the Cognitive Cycle

    Introduction: Navigating the Maze of OCD Thoughts For many grappling with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the journey isn’t just about managing visible behaviors; it’s also an internal battle with relentless thoughts and doubts. If you’re reading this, you might be all too familiar with the constant cycle of intrusive thoughts, the urge to perform rituals to…

  • The Power of Not Testing Your OCD: Understanding the Cognitive Trap

    The Power of Not Testing Your OCD: Understanding the Cognitive Trap

    Part 1: Why People Feel the Need to Test Their OCD As a clinical psychologist, I’ve seen many individuals grappling with the compulsions and intrusive thoughts characteristic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). A common aspect of this struggle involves the incessant need to test or check their thoughts and behaviors. Understanding the cognitive underpinnings of this…