OCD

WHAT’D I SAY?

“WHAT’D I SAY?” When a former counseling client says, “I’ll never forget what you said. It’s always stuck with me,” I hold my breath praying, “please God, let it be something I wouldn’t regret saying or at least let it be helpful.” The conversations between counselor and client make up an important piece of the…

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DISTRESSING INTRUSIVE THOUGHTS

Distressing intrusive thoughts about self harm may be the least known intrusive thoughts in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Most people think OCD pertains only to keeping things neat and orderly or compulsive hand washing. People don’t often share obsessive intrusive thoughts about self harm. This type of OCD doesn’t show up on popular media. One way they…

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SCRUPULOSITY OCD

SCRUPULOSITY: A form of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in which people are overly concerned that something they do or say violates religious doctrine or morals. In fact their concerns or behaviors exceed or disregard religious law or standards. Imagine the overly scrupulous person who fasts worrying that swallowing his or her own saliva would break the…

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INTRUSIVE, MORALLY REPUGNANT THOUGHTS

Have you ever had an intrusive, morally repugnant thought pop into your head? Intrusive means the thought was uninvited. Slapping a random toddler in a store, shouting an obscenity in church, jumping in front of a bus, stabbing a girlfriend, or hurling an insult at a waiter go against your morals. When these kinds of…

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Avoidance: A trap that makes anxiety worse

Events such as a rude remark, speaking in public, joining a group for the first time, using a pubic toilet, or taking a math quiz aren’t dangerous or emergent. When we avoid or quickly leave those situations because we feel anxiety, we strengthen the avoidance response.   Years ago, I came upon a bear foraging…

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UTILITY ANALYSIS OF THOUGHTS & BELIEFS* PLUS COGNITIVE RESTRUCTURING = MORE RATIONAL AND FUNCTIONAL THINKING

David Barnhart, EdD Emotional and behavioral change begins with improving self-awareness. Self-awareness is a component of emotional intelligence that can be improved through a process of monitoring and analysis. What triggers stress? What are the emotions we feel? What thoughts or beliefs are associated with the trigger? Thoughts include what we remember, what we imagine,…

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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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Facing Your Fears

Facing Your Fears Common sense seems to hold that we can best overcome fears by facing them head on. Admonitions like, “If you get bucked off, you got to get back up” encourage us not to give up due to fear. Recently, Jessica Cleveland and I presented a workshop to about forty other counselors on…

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Did I do something that caused my kid to have this anxiety or OCD?

Did I do something that caused my kid to have this anxiety or OCD? The answer would almost always be “no” to this questions. Some parents do place a lot of pressure on their children. Some are emotionally or physically abusive to their kids and these actions can cause fear or anxiety reactions. OCD or…

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Are you a perfectionist?

Are you a perfectionist? Do you find it difficult to do certain things less perfectly? I know I am, and I do from time to time. Being a perfectionist is not “bad” or as problematic as one might think, says researcher, professor and stock analyst, Philip Gnilka.  In his research he talks about “adaptive” perfectionism,…

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