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The Different OCD Spectrum Disorders & Symptoms

OCD is a specific anxiety disorder that is characterized by obsessive thoughts that the sufferer tries to combat with repetitive rituals. There are other diseases that have similarities to OCD; these diseases are called OCD spectrum disorders. Usually, the different OCD spectrum disorders have an element of obsessive behavior. Learning what disorders fall under this category can be helpful as…

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How to Identify OCD Symptoms in Toddlers

Symptoms of OCD can vary but the main theme starts with an obsession. Obsessions are ideas or thoughts that run through our minds repeatedly. Though we may be aware of their repetitive nature and decide that we do not want them around, we do not have the capacity to control and shelve them. There are some people who have OCD…

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Books, Personal Memoirs

The Ray of Hope by Ray St. John

Ray’s OCD symptoms began when he was 5 years old, worsened during his teen years and became mainly sexual in nature. With the help of this mother, Ray beat back his OCD with exposure response prevention therapy (ERP). By the time he was a senior in high school, his symptoms had become negligible and his life had returned to normal.…

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Books, Treatment Guides

The Perfectionist’s Handbook: Take Risks, Invite Criticism, and Make the Most of Your Mistakes By Jeff Szymanski, PhD

Is perfectionism a good thing or does it get in our way? The author helps readers navigate their way out of the “perfectionism paradox”: if your intentions are good (wanting to excel) and the outcomes you want are reasonable (to feel competent and satisfied), why would perfectionism backfire and result in unhappiness and stress? Learn when perfectionism will pay off,…

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Books, Treatment Guides

Out of the Rabbit Hole: A Road Map to Freedom from OCD By Sheri Bloom & Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD

A story of one woman’s journey to recovery from OCD. Sheri Bloom weaves a complicated web of real-life experiences that both influenced and culminated in her ultimate battle against OCD. Dr. Suzanne Mouton-Odum, a licensed psychologist who specializes in OCD, gives guidance to the reader about the development, conceptualization, and treatment of this disabling disorder. This book not only describes how it feels to have OCD, but also how to…

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Books, Treatment Guides

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Advances in Psychotherapy: Evidence-Based Practice) By Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Ph.D

Based on decades of scientific research and clinical refinement, cognitive-behavioral therapy using the techniques of exposure and response prevention has helped countless individuals with OCD overcome debilitating symptoms and live fuller, more satisfying lives. This volume opens with an overview of the diagnosis and assessment of OCD and delineates a research-based conceptual framework for understanding the development, maintenance, and treatment…

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Books, Treatment Guides

The Imp of the Mind By Lee Baer, PhD

An expert on OCD explores the hidden epidemic that afflicts millions of Americans – obsessive bad thoughts. Drawing on information ranging from new advances in brain technology to pervasive social taboos, Dr. Baer explores the root causes of bad thoughts, why they can spiral out of control, and how to recognize the crucial difference between harmless and dangerous bad thoughts. Dr. Baer…

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Books, Fiction

The Dragon Who Pulled Her Scales By William Michael Davidson

Long ago, in a world where dragons were the world’s protectors, a beautiful girl dragon named Ellam lived in a cool, misty cave. Although Ellam liked to have fun with her friends, she had a secret. She liked to pull out her scales. Ellam was always careful to cover her body-she didn’t want anyone to see that she was missing…

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