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

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

How to extend your daily assignments into a complete OCD recovery plan

By now, you’ve turned the items from the Y-BOCS Symptom Checklist into a Hierarchy of Exposure and Response Prevention tasks, along with associated SUDs scores. You’ve even figured out what it feels like to take one item in the 20 to 30 range and practice it every day for a week. Hopefully, by the end of the week, the anxiety or uncertainty Continue reading

How to make daily ERP assignments from your hierarchy

You now have your completed hierarchy in front of you. It should consist of a list of exposures along with their associated ritual preventions. Each item on the list should also have a scale score representing how much anxiety or uncertainty the exposure itself will create. Using the scale 0 to 100, items rated at zero and 10 will not create enough anxiety useful. Remember, the purpose of the exposures Continue reading