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Behavioral therapy increases connectivity in brains of people with OCD
UCLA researchers report that people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, when treated with a special form of talk therapy, demonstrate distinct changes in their brains as well as improvement in their symptoms.In the study, published in  Translational Psychiatry, people with OCD underwent daily cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, to learn how to better resist compulsive behaviors and to decrease distress. Within one month, they had developed extensive increases in the strength of the connections between regions of their brains — which may reflect the participants gained new non-compulsive behaviors and thought p...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 18, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

When Ruminating Becomes a Problem
Everyone ruminates. We especially ruminate when we’re stressed out. Maybe you’re ruminating about an upcoming test—you have to score an A to keep your scholarship. Maybe you’re ruminating about an upcoming presentation because you want to impress your boss. Maybe you’re ruminating about an upcoming date and the many ways it could go. Maybe you’re ruminating about a bad performance review. Maybe you’re ruminating about an injury that’s really been bothering you. “We are evolutionarily wired to obsess,” according to psychiatrist Britton Arey, M.D. We are wired to se...
Source: Psych Central - September 9, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Anorexia Anxiety Binge Eating Bulimia Depression Disorders Eating Disorders General Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Panic Disorder Psychology Stress Treatment Anxiety Disorders Distressing Thoughts Mindfulness Negative Thinki Source Type: news

Genevieve Mora battling OCD reveals mental health issues
Genevieve Mora, from New Zealand's Auckland, revealed how her obsessive compulsive disorder eventually led to a devastating eating disorder from the tender age of 14. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pedophilia-themed obsessive-compulsive disorder: assessment, differential diagnosis, and treatment with exposure and response prevention - Bruce SL, Ching THW, Williams MT.
Fears of sexually harming children are fairly common among clients suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), yet these symptoms are largely unrecognized and frequently misdiagnosed by mental health professionals. Specifically, clients with pedoph... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Obsessive compulsive symptoms predict posttraumatic growth: a longitudinal study - Mamon D, Solomon Z, Dekel S.
Although posttraumatic growth (PTG) has received growing attention, the relationship between PTG and distress remains unclear. This longitudinal study examines the relationship between posttraumatic obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptoms and PTG. Israeli veter... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Correct recognition and continuum belief of mental disorders in a nursing student population - Seow LSE, Chua BY, Xie H, Wang J, Ong HL, Abdin E, Chong SA, Subramaniam M.
BACKGROUND: The current study aimed to explore the correct recognition of mental disorders across dementia, alcohol abuse, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia and depression, along with its correlates in a nursing student population. The bel... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Increased risk of suicide, mental health conditions linked to sexual assault victimization
(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) An analysis of nearly 200 independent studies involving more than 230,000 adult participants finds that having been sexually assaulted is associated with significantly increased risk of anxiety, depression, suicidality, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder. The analysis, reported in the journal Clinical Psychology Review, represents a summary of 40 years of research on the subject. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Maternal Instinct, or O.C.D.?
Where is the line between normal parental instinct — that natural drive to keep our children safe — and true mental disorder? (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KELLY KAUTZ Tags: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Anxiety and Stress Parenting Psychiatry and Psychiatrists Families and Family Life Babies and Infants Psychology and Psychologists Therapy and Rehabilitation Source Type: news

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
This resource features research into psychological and pharmacological treatment options for obsessive compulsive disorder and new research on using self-help materials, combined with modest levels of support from mental health practitioners. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Early maladaptive schemas and suicidal risk in an Iranian sample of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder - Khosravani V, Sharifi Bastan F, Samimi Ardestani M, Jamaati Ardakani R.
This study investigated the associations of early maladaptive schemas, OC symptom dimensions, OCD severity, depression and anxiet... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

Clinical effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and acceptability of low-intensity interventions in the management of obsessive compulsive disorder: the Obsessive Compulsive Treatment Efficacy randomised controlled Trial (OCTET).
The Obsessive –Compulsive Treatment Efficacy randomised controlled Trial emerged from a research recommendation in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) guidelines, which specified the need to evaluate cognitive–behavioural therapy (CBT) treatment intensity fo rmats. To determine the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of two low-intensity CBT interventions [supported computerised cognitive–behavioural therapy (cCBT) and guided self-help]: (1) compared with waiting list for high-intensity CBT in adults with OCD at 3 months; and (2) plus high...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Transdiagnostic emotional vulnerabilities linking obsessive-compulsive and depressive symptoms in a community-based sample of adolescents - Chasson GS, Bello MS, Luxon AM, Graham TAA, Leventhal AM.
We examined distress tolerance, anxiety sensitivity, and anhedonia... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Depression and risk of suicide in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder: a hospital-based study - Chaudhary RK, Kumar P, Mishra BP.
BACKGROUND: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic, distressing, anxiety disorder associated with significant functional impairment. Patient with OCD often suffer from one or more co-morbid disorders. Major depression has been the most common co-... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for June 28, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Sirtex shares jump on restructuring plan, 15% headcount reduction Sirtex Medical saw shares jump today after revealing plans for a major restructuring as the company looks to cut its headcount and focus on its “profitable...
Source: Mass Device - June 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

Medtronic wins CE Mark for SureTune3 deep-brain stimulation software
Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) said today that it won CE Mark approval in the European Union for its SureTune3 deep-brain stimulation software, which is designed to map lead locations and indicate the level of stimulation. The Fridley, Minn.-based Medtronic said its DBS devices are approved in the E.U. for treating Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, essential tremor, obsessive-compulsive disorder and epilepsy, claiming the portfolio as the only one to be full-body MR-conditional and able to operate during MRI scans. and is the only DBS complete portfolio that, under specific conditions, is full body MR conditional and can be ...
Source: Mass Device - June 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Regulatory/Compliance Medtronic Source Type: news

Is your dog just chasing its tail – or is it obsessive?
Lots of dogs chase their tails – but for some the behaviour is a sign of the canine version of OCD. Now scientists are finding the minds of dogs and humans might be more closely linked than we thoughtCuriously, and perhaps eagerly, I am looking at a bull terrier named Sputnik, searching for a resemblance. He ’s a stocky three-year-old, mostly slate grey, with a white stripe on his head and a pink splotch on his elongated, bull-terrier nose. So far, our only similarity is we’re both waiting in an examination room at Tuft’s veterinary school in North Grafton, Massachusetts.Sputnik has canine compulsiv...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 25, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Shayla Love Tags: Animal behaviour Dogs Obsessive-compulsive disorder Psychiatry Genetics Veterinary medicine Pets Life and style Society Science Animals Source Type: news

Study: OCD may be tied to inflammation in the brain
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder have high levels of brain inflammation, a discovery researchers say could lead to new treatments. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OCD May Be Linked to Inflammation in the Brain
Breakthrough could spur better treatments for anxiety disorder, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - June 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OCD May Be Linked to Inflammation in the Brain: Study
THURSDAY, June 22, 2017 -- People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) have high levels of brain inflammation, a discovery researchers say could lead to new treatments. In OCD, people typically have frequent, upsetting thoughts that they try to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 22, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Rare genetic variants found to increase risk for Tourette syndrome
An international team led by researchers from UCLA and Massachusetts General Hospital has identified the first definitive genes associated with Tourette syndrome, giving scientists a long-sought foothold on the biology of the disease.The report in the June 21 issue of Neuron describes the discovery of rare mutations — either deletions or duplications of genetic material — in two neurodevelopmental genes, NRXN1 and CNTN6, in people with Tourette syndrome, a disorder characterized by multiple chronic, involuntary motor and vocal tics.“This is a first, key step in understanding the role of these genes in the...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 21, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

The Day I Tried to End My Life
It was a Monday. May 22, 2017 to be exact. I had been thinking of this day for years, precisely ever since I was 15 years old. I always thought about suicide. It always fascinated me as topic, as I had never truly grasped the idea of why people decided to end their lives, until depression hit me. When I turned 15, everything started to change. My mood started to change, my behavior started to change, as well as social life. Such problems may seem normal at that age, in fact, there had been multiple times where I used to try and find a solution to these problems, however, such answers are impossible to find on the internet....
Source: Psych Central - June 18, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Anonymous Tags: Anxiety Bipolar Borderline Personality Depression Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Personal Stories Students Suicide Achievement Borderline Personality Disorder college stress Depressive Episode Major Depressive Disorder Mood Disord Source Type: news

Brain-Circuit-Based Therapies for OCD
I say it over and over again when I write about OCD. The evidence-based psychological treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy known as exposure and response prevention (ERP). Medication is helpful for some individuals as well. With proper treatment, most people with OCD will improve. But what if you don’t? What if, after attempting these traditional therapies, there is no improvement and you are still suffering with severe OCD? While I’ve written before about some people with OCD erroneously being labeled treatment-resistant, there are indeed a small number of peopl...
Source: Psych Central - June 17, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Personal Stories Psychology Psychotherapy Treatment Brain Medicine Nervous System Neuron Neuroscience Ocd Source Type: news

OCD and Rage
When my son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder was severe, he was so imprisoned by the disorder he could barely function. Not surprisingly, he was also depressed. Typically a mild-mannered young man, he would occasionally snap at me if I annoyed him or refused to enable him. These episodes were infrequent, and throughout his illness, Dan remained remarkably even-keeled. This is not always the case. A good number of people with OCD experience intense bouts of anger, or rage. While there aren’t a lot of statistics available, this study concludes that fifty percent of patients with OCD experience “ange...
Source: Psych Central - June 15, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Anger Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Personal Stories Anger Management Ocd Rage Violence Violent Behavior Source Type: news

Tips That Helped Me Recover from Trichotillomania
This article is a follow up to Elizabeth V.’s “An Unconventional Take on Trichotillomania”. Tips that helped me recover from trichotillomania: Cover up the mirror in the bathroom with contact paper if mirrors trigger pulling. I only own a small, hand-held mirror for applying makeup. Use dim lights so you are less able to visualize hair or skin imperfections. Don’t own pulling tools, like tweezers. Remind yourself that you are doing the best you can with what you’ve got. Forgive yourself and be gentle with yourself. Don’t make a big deal out of having trichotillomania. It can have d...
Source: Psych Central - June 8, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Anonymous Tags: Anxiety Motivation and Inspiration Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Personal Stories anxious thoughts before and after excoriation hair pulling hope Self Harm trichotillomania worry Source Type: news

When Does Hoarding Become A Problem, And How Can We Help Alleviate It?
By Carol R. Hevia, PsyD Hoarding is a mental health disorder characterized by a persistent and powerful difficulty in getting rid of collected items, regardless of their value. Left untreated, this behavior can lead to a variety of damaging emotional, social, financial, and physical effects—for both the hoarder and their family members. It is also important to distinguish between hoarding and collecting. Collectors are proud of their collections and enjoy displaying them. Hoarders, on the other hand, are ashamed. Reasons Why People Hoard Hoarding, like most mental health behaviors, is complex. Researchers initially t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An Unconventional Take on Trichotillomania
I have absorbed countless articles, posts, and videos about trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling) over the years, and most of them aggravate and concern me. After having trichotillomania for 13 years, I am finally standing up to this disorder and resisting urges. In the process, I have become awakened to the fact that what I’ve been reading for years has been reinforcing my pulling. I hope to offer a fresh take on trichotillomania and challenge beliefs you may have. If I’m lucky, this article might spark a much-needed conversation. I have been pulling my hair since I was 12 years old. I am currently 25. I&...
Source: Psych Central - June 3, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Anonymous Tags: Anxiety Motivation and Inspiration Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Personal Stories anxious thoughts excoriation hair pulling Healing Obsessions panic picking Remission Self Harm self-compassion trichotillomania Source Type: news

The relation of childhood trauma to suicide ideation in patients suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder with lifetime suicide attempts - Khosravani V, Kamali Z, Jamaati Ardakani R, Samimi Ardestani M.
The aim of this study was to evaluate the relations of childhood trauma (CT) and obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptom dimensions to suicide ideation in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Seventy OCD outpatients with lifetime suicide attempts a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Dealing with OCD — When Instincts Are Wrong
So many times in my life, especially in my role as a mom, I have trusted my instincts when faced with difficult decisions. When my son was dealing with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, I again trusted my instincts, and while my gut feelings often led me down the right path, there are times when all they did was lead to trouble. As it turns out, trusting your instincts in relation to OCD is not always the best way to go — especially when dealing with family accommodation. Family accommodation refers to a family member’s participation or assistance in the rituals of their relative with OCD. Some common ...
Source: Psych Central - May 19, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Anxiety Caregivers Family Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Psychology Psychotherapy anxious thoughts Avoidance Enabling ERP Therapy Exposure Response Prevention Therapy Family Accommodation Instincts Obsessions Ocd Rituals Sev Source Type: news

Brain Scans Spot Where Fear and Anxiety Live
Unusually large 'striatum' is linked to inability to cope with uncertainty, research shows Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OCD: Neurobiology and the Latest in Treatment OCD: Neurobiology and the Latest in Treatment
Dr Derick Vergne describes the labyrinthine neural circuitry thought to play a role in obsessive-compulsive disorder, and reviews treatment approaches to the condition.Medscape Psychiatry (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Viewpoint Source Type: news

Are extreme high achievers narcissists or obsessive compulsive bipolar?
Over the past 30 years, I ’ve treated many people from the financial, television, movie and dot-com worlds. Many of these individuals were powerful, driven, successful and they also hurt people. Most of them were summarily thrown into the wastebasket diagnosis, narcissist. Seeing so many of them as a psychiatrist, I have come to believe that there is something else going on beneath simple narcissistic behavior. I came up with a name for the condition: OCB. You may have heard of OCD, which stands… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - May 17, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Dr. Mark Goulston Source Type: news

Mental Health Treatment Can Save Lives, But The Right Diagnosis Can Take Years
Your browser does not support HTML5 video.In His Own Words: Above, Nic Newling, 30, writes how his experience with untreated bipolar disorder made him feel. Animation by Isabella Carapella/Photography by Damon Dahlen 1,277 days. That’s approximately how long it took Nic Newling to figure out he was dealing with bipolar disorder after first reaching out for help. Newling was born and raised in Sydney. He first began to notice something was wrong when he was a young teen in school. He felt panicked and burned out ― sometimes for no reason at all ― and it was severely destabilizing his everyday routine. &ldq...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mental Health Treatment Can Save Lives, But The Right Diagnosis Can Take Years
Your browser does not support HTML5 video.In His Own Words: Above, Nic Newling, 30, writes how his experience with untreated bipolar disorder made him feel. Animation by Isabella Carapella/Photography by Damon Dahlen 1,277 days. That’s approximately how long it took Nic Newling to figure out he was dealing with bipolar disorder after first reaching out for help. Newling was born and raised in Sydney. He first began to notice something was wrong when he was a young teen in school. He felt panicked and burned out ― sometimes for no reason at all ― and it was severely destabilizing his everyday routine. &ldq...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 15, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Why I Praise Therapy To All My Friends -- But Won’t Go Myself
I’m ashamed to say that I don’t go to therapy. It’s not that I don’t need it. I have a history of obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression. I know this because I went to a therapist who diagnosed me six years ago in college after I came back from my study abroad. I returned home with a depression so deep I couldn’t get out of bed. But after getting my eight free sessions ― and an antidepressant prescription that I would wean off of one year later ― I never set foot in a therapist’s office again. The thing is, I loved therapy. It worked wonders for me in that short amoun...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

When Adult Children with OCD Live at Home
Over the years, I have connected with many people whose lives have been affected by OCD. Because I’m a parent whose son has obsessive-compulsive disorder, some of the most heartbreaking stories to me come from parents who have done everything in their power to help their adult children, to no avail. Either these children insist they don’t have a problem, they resist appropriate treatment, or there are other issues that are hindering them from moving forward. And they live at home. As parents, we spend our lives doing everything we can to ensure our children are well cared for – that they are safe, healthy...
Source: Psych Central - May 11, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Caregivers Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Parenting anxious thoughts Compulsions Dependence Financial Independence Obsessions Ocd treatment-resistant Source Type: news

What Causes School Absenteeism?
Discussion School within society is an institution designed to provide learning opportunities to students under the direction of teachers. The curriculum is usually designed to provide academic content in formal subjects necessary for the adult world (such as instruction in mathematics, language, science, social studies, arts, physical education) but also other knowledge and skills for the adult world (i.e. personal safety, communication skills, working in teams, etc.). Specific schools may or may not offer specific courses of instruction such as religious education, learning disability education, gifted/talented education...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 8, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Tanning beds and OCD
What do?tanning beds ?have to do with obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD? Mayo Clinic experts say some people who tan frequently may do so for the same reasons someone with OCD performs repetitive behaviors. They say it may have to do with the affects ultraviolet light has on the brain or skin. In this Mayo [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - May 5, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

The associations between childhood trauma, neuroticism and comorbid obsessive-compulsive symptoms in patients with psychotic disorders - Schreuder MJ, Schirmbeck F, Meijer C, de Haan L.
Various studies reported remarkably high prevalence rates of obsessive-compulsive symptoms (OCS) in patients with a psychotic disorder. Little is known about the pathogenesis of this co-occurrence. The current study aimed to investigate the contribution of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Comorbidity, age of onset and suicidality in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): an international collaboration - Brakoulias V, Starcevic V, Belloch A, Brown C, Ferrao YA, Fontenelle LF, Lochner C, Marazziti D, Matsunaga H, Miguel EC, Reddy Y, do Ros ário MC, Shavitt RG, Shyam Sundar A, Stein DJ, Torres AR, Viswasam K.
OBJECTIVES: To collate data from multiple obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) treatment centers across seven countries and five continents, and to report findings in relation to OCD comorbidity, age of onset of OCD and comorbid disorders, and suicidality, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 25, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Causes of Psychosis
When my son Dan was diagnosed with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, his psychiatrist informed me and my husband that Dan was “borderline psychotic.” In other words, our son was out of touch with reality. For most people, psychosis usually presents in one of two ways: Hallucinations – consist of seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not actually there. A common example is hearing voices. Delusions – consist of beliefs that are not likely to be true and that seem irrational or nonsensical to other people. A typical example involves believing that outside forces are controlling your thoughts...
Source: Psych Central - April 22, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Caregivers General Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Psychology Delusions Hallucinations Psychosis psychotic behavior Source Type: news

Thought control strategies in patients with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder: treatment effects and suicide risk - Allen KJD, Krompinger JW, Mathes BM, Crosby JM, Elias JA.
Individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) often use maladaptive strategies to control intrusive thoughts (e.g., thought suppression) that may paradoxically increase their frequency. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) treatment has been assoc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 21, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

ERP and ACT for OCD — Making Sense of the Acronyms!
As I, and many others, have mentioned numerous times before, exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy is the evidence-based psychological treatment of choice for obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, over the years there is another acronym that has made its way into some “OCD tool boxes.” I am talking about ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), which involves mindfulness and the acceptance of our actions. It also delves into our commitment to making changes. Think Serenity Prayer. In a wonderful seminar at the International OCD Conference back in 2012, I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Jonathan Gray...
Source: Psych Central - April 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Caregivers Cognitive-Behavioral Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Personal Stories Psychotherapy Treatment Commitment Therapy Erp ERP Therapy evidence-based treatment exposure response prevention Ocd Source Type: news

These Fake Beauty Ads Have A Secret Mental Health Meaning
Eau C D, anyone? Project UROK, a mental health initiative focused on ending stigma through storytelling, launched a series of videos recently that flips the script on corny beauty ads to make an important point about mental health. Mainly, that a put-together persona ― like the glamour you see in commercials for perfume or lipstick ― isn’t always indicative of real life. And that’s totally okay. The group’s first three parody ads tackle anxiety, trauma and obsessive compulsive disorder. They’re part of Project UROK’s latest initiative, called #YouAreFine. The commercials cover the sym...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Does Your Therapist Have OCD?
When I first became involved in OCD advocacy in 2010, I would occasionally come across articles or books written by therapists or health-care professionals whose biographies revealed they had obsessive-compulsive disorder. I always found this information comforting, because at the time it was difficult for me to believe my son would ever again be able to function in the outside world. If someone with OCD could come so far and achieve so much — from struggling with a devastating disorder to helping others overcome this same illness, then maybe there was hope for my son as well. Every year I seem to be coming across mo...
Source: Psych Central - April 13, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Anxiety Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treatment advocacy anxious thoughts Compulsions Obsessions Therapy worry Source Type: news

How to Identify & Manage Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, A Psychologist ’ s Perspective
Conclusion OCD can take all kinds of forms, but the key principles in managing it remain the same. Start questioning the beliefs your cycle of thoughts and actions is based on, and at the same time work on breaking the cycle by extending the time between the thought and the action. When Daniel came to me the idea that, he was suffering from a simple, treatable condition like OCD was unthinkable, but after a few short weeks of treatment his symptoms had all but vanished and his mood and life were back on track. OCD shouldn’t be able to ruin your life, so follow these simple steps to put your intrusive thoughts back in...
Source: Psych Central - April 10, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Angus Munro Tags: Anxiety Cognitive-Behavioral Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Psychiatry Psychological Assessment Psychotherapy Therapists Spill Treatment Compulsive Behavior Coping Skills Depression exposure and response prevention Intrusive Thought Source Type: news

Mounting Evidence Supports Value of Online CBT for OCD: Review Mounting Evidence Supports Value of Online CBT for OCD: Review
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) still has the strongest evidence base for treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and improved evidence supporting its dissemination through online platforms and in group settings represent a “ major ” advance, write psychiatrists in a review paper in JAMA April 4.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Actor with OCD 'fears injury when sitting down'
Former Coronation Street actor Ian Puleston-Davies discusses the symptoms of his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OCD pills could be a weapon in the war on obesity
A series of trials, researchers found that when people took citalopram, prescribed for depression and obsessive compulsive disorder they were more likely to pick healthy food. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

It ’s Not About the Panini: A Story About OCD and Anorexia
18 years ago I found myself drawn to a light switch. Turning the lights on and off became an ordeal as every room’s light switch hypnotized me into gliding my fingers across it, pressing my fingertips against the smooth plastic until it satisfied me. A similar undertaking occurred with door knobs. I felt the intense need to wrap my hands tightly around the knob, releasing it and then grasping it again. I did this until the tightness in my stomach dissolved, until I felt calm enough to walk away. Around the same time, intrusive thoughts infiltrated my mind. They b...
Source: Psych Central - March 27, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Karina Pinzón Tags: Anorexia Anxiety Binge Eating Bulimia Children and Teens Diet & Nutrition Eating Disorders Family Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Personal Stories Anorexia Nervosa Avoidance Body Dysmorphic Disorder Bulimia Nervosa compulsive pic Source Type: news