Screening for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


PART A Please print the form and select YES or NO. Have you been bothered by unpleasant thoughts or images that repeatedly enter your mind, such as: Concerns with contamination (dirt, germs, chemicals, radiation) or acquiring a serious illness such as AIDS? YES_____ NO _____ Over concern with keeping objects (clothing, groceries, tools) in perfect…

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Respecting the Little Person


Often, parents tell me, “I’m the parent he/she must do what I say, just because “I said so.” They do not need to understand, know why, or ask any other questions. Dear parents, may I suggest something…. There are times children simply need to do what they’re told, but there are times, when providing an…

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Changing Irrational Core Beliefs and Improving Mood


Have you ever stopped to think about the negative messages you’ve been given in your life? Sometimes these messages are given orally and easily identified. At other times they can be hidden and harder to understand. They may be delivered through the way someone treats us or the way we see people treat each other.…

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Understanding Eating Disorders Part 4


Understanding Eating Disorders Part 4 To wrap up our blog series on eating disorders, this final blog will discuss treatment options for those suffering from an eating disorder. Because eating disorders affect the individual’s physical state it is important to include close monitoring of medical and nutritional needs during treatment with the help of a…

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Understanding Eating Disorders Part 3


Understanding Eating Disorders Part 3 The final eating disorder we will discuss in this series is called Binge-Eating Disorder. Like bulimia, this disorder is characterized by recurrent episodes of binge eating, however, it is not followed by inappropriate compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting or excessive exercise. The DSM-V also states that three or more…

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Understanding Eating Disorders Part 2


Understanding Eating Disorders Part 2 As we continue to bring awareness to the different types of eating disorders, we will focus the second part of this four part blog series on Bulimia Nervosa.  Bulimia Nervosa is characterized by both binge-eating episodes as well as recurrent inappropriate behaviors to prevent weight gain. The most recognized of…

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Understanding Eating Disorders Part 1


Understanding Eating Disorders Part 1 February 22nd through February 28th is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. To help bring awareness to these debilitating disorders, we will take a look at the different types of eating disorders as well as treatment options. There are three main types of eating disorders that are classified in the DSM-V.…

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When a Blue Mood Becomes SAD


When a Blue Mood Becomes SAD Now that the holiday season is over and the time for friends and family and togetherness has slowed, we could be feeling more alone than ever.  It is important to be honest with ourselves about how we are feeling and what could be contributing to our mood.  If you’re…

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Mental Wellness: A Possibility or an Ideal?


Mental Wellness: A Possibility or an Ideal? According to the Psychology Today website (psychologytoday.com), January is Mental Wellness Month.  That seems like an admirable cause to bring awareness to, however, it begs the question, what the heck is mental wellness and is anyone actually mentally well? The World Health Organization defines mental wellness as, “A…

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Getting Motivated


Getting Motivated If you are anything like me your motivation level tends to vacillate from, “I’m super pumped, let’s do this!” to, “Can’t I just lay on the couch one more day?” It is important to understand the things that affect our motivation and how to overcome them. These six factors of motivation will help…

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