Some brief notes on medications for OCD

Before listing a few notes on medications for OCD, let me post a disclaimer: this is NOT meant to be medical advice for your specific OCD. ALWAYS consult your own doctor, since he or she knows you best. NEVER take a medication that has not been prescribed to you.

So now you might be asking, which one is better treatment for my OCD, medications or behavior therapy? The exact answer to that will vary a lot from person to person. However, a couple of things are certain. Continue reading

Stress management tools

People with anxiety disorders (like OCD and others) or habit disorders (like hair pulling, skin picking or nail-biting) sometimes focus on the anxiety involved with these problems, and can make the erroneous assumption that treating anxiety will in fact treat the problem. It’s important to realize that, for OCD, anxiety is a Continue reading

Reasons people pull their hair or pick their skin, and some conditions that promote it

When trying to understand here pulling or skin picking, people often try to figure out why those behaviors are occurring. It might be that you, as the puller, want to know what things are related to your action; it might be that you, as a family member of someone who picks, want to know why your loved one is seeming to “do this to themselves”. It’s common to make the assumption Continue reading

Is there really such a thing as “Pure O”?

In considering a diagnosis of OCD, each of the three letters of the acronym are important. Obsessions are intrusive thoughts, images, nonsense words or music that create anxiety, uncertainty or distress. Compulsions are the behaviors that people do in an attempt to relieve the distress caused by the obsessions. A person only merits the diagnosis of Disorder if Continue reading