Category: OCD

  • OCD: Reassurance-seeking vs. seeking support

    OCD: Reassurance-seeking vs. seeking support

    Bonjour, I’m Marie, a 30-year-old designer from Paris. For years, my life was overshadowed by a constant need for reassurance, which I later understood was tied to my OCD. In my profession, precision and attention to detail are paramount. Every time I completed a design, I’d be overwhelmed with doubt. ‘Is this good enough? What…

  • Oversharing and OCD (tips inside)

    Oversharing and OCD (tips inside)

    Note: It’s important to note that not everyone with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) will “overshare,” and the reasons for sharing personal information can vary widely among individuals, both with and without OCD. Reasons for oversharing There are some reasons that might explain why some individuals with OCD might be more prone to oversharing: It’s essential to…

  • Session 6: Confidence in memory

    Session 6: Confidence in memory

    Our ‘Sessions‘ series explores sessions at the Clinical Psychologist’s Office Session 6 at the Clinical Psychologist’s Office The familiar calm environment of the room is contrasted by Sue’s agitated demeanor. Her eyes are red, suggesting she may have been crying earlier, and her posture is slouched, indicating defeat. Dr. Greene: Hi, Sue. You seem particularly…

  • Test Yourself: Do I Have “Pure O” OCD?

    Test Yourself: Do I Have “Pure O” OCD?

    Take the Pure O OCD Quiz This quiz helps identify potential OCD symptoms, focusing on intrusive thoughts, fears, compulsions, and their impact on daily life and relationships. It’s a tool for self-awareness, not diagnosis. Ready to begin your OCD test quiz? OCD Types Comparison Compare 3 types related to OCD Aspect Pure O (Pure Obsessional…

  • Session 4: Fear of Self and how to deal with it

    Session 4: Fear of Self and how to deal with it

    Our ‘Sessions‘ series explores sessions at the Clinical Psychologist’s Office Session 4 at the Clinical Psychologist’s Office The room remains the same serene environment. Sue appears a tad more anxious today, her hands fidgeting as she settles into her chair. Dr. Greene: Hi Sue. It’s good to see you. How has your week been since…

  • Session 2: Sue has OCD, now what’s the plan?

    Session 2: Sue has OCD, now what’s the plan?

    Our ‘Sessions‘ series explores sessions at the Clinical Psychologist’s Office Session 2 at the Clinical Psychologist’s Office The room remains a comforting haven for Sue. Her demeanor is a mix of curiosity and nervous anticipation. Dr. Greene: Welcome back, Sue. I hope the past week has been manageable for you. How are you feeling today?…

  • Unleash Your Inner Strength: Strategies to Overcome OCD Negative Self-Talk

    Unleash Your Inner Strength: Strategies to Overcome OCD Negative Self-Talk

    Discover powerful strategies to overcome negative self-talk associated with OCD. Unleash your inner strength and effectively manage your thoughts for a healthier mindset.

  • The OCD Paradox (and how to solve it)

    The OCD Paradox (and how to solve it)

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    I’m Eva, a wedding photographer who’s had the privilege of capturing countless beautiful moments. That joy was tainted when I was diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. My version of OCD manifested in a unique way, and it turned my professional world upside down. My obsessions took shape as incessant, intrusive thoughts about ruining the happiest day…

  • How OCD affects your daily life – and 5 tips to improve it

    How OCD affects your daily life – and 5 tips to improve it

    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental health condition that can significantly impact a person’s daily life. Here are some of the implications: Cognitive Restructuring Cognitive restructuring is a therapeutic process that helps individuals identify and challenge irrational or maladaptive thoughts, such as those often found in OCD. Here’s how it can help: 5 examples…

  • The most common non-OCD mental disorders that people with OCD have

    The most common non-OCD mental disorders that people with OCD have

    Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a complex mental health condition that is frequently accompanied by other disorders. These co-occurring disorders include depression, characterized by persistent sadness and loss of interest; anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder, which involve excessive worry and fear; Tourette Syndrome, a neurological condition causing involuntary…

  • OCD Tips: The Only List You Will Ever Need (Until There’s a Better One)

    OCD Tips: The Only List You Will Ever Need (Until There’s a Better One)

    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a complex mental health condition characterized by recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas, or sensations (obsessions) that drive an individual to engage in repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions can interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress. Thankfully, numerous strategies can help manage the symptoms of OCD. We’ve…

  • How we think, Part 1: Generalization and OCD

    How we think, Part 1: Generalization and OCD

    Cognitive biases, including the problematic generalization often seen in OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), can occur in various situations. They can be especially problematic when individuals attempt to predict or interpret events, behaviours, or thoughts, both in themselves and in others. Here are some common situations where generalization becomes a problematic cognitive bias: These situations represent…