The basics of treating hair pulling or skin picking by yourself

Hair pulling and skin picking habits seem, on their surface, like pretty straightforward problems. After all, aren’t these simply inabilities to resist an impulse to pull or to pick? That’s how the Diagnostic Manual describes these Impulse Control Disorders, as the failure to resist an impulse to do a certain thing. But to be successful, Continue reading

When is reassurance OK? Reassuring the person vs reassuring the OCD

So many people with various forms of obsessions and compulsions struggle with anxiety that comes from uncertainty and doubt. After all, OCD is called “The Doubting Disease” for a reason. Doubt, like anxiety and guilt, is a feeling so unpleasant that it drives people to resolve it with great urgency. In the height of this doubt, it makes sense that many people will seek reassurance 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