People often jokingly point to odd habits or tidiness as signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD. But the truth is OCD is a very real disorder that affects more than 2 million Americans, and there is a big difference between maintaining a morning routine or keeping a clean home and living with the disorder.
Karen Cassiday, PhD
Owner and Clinical Director
Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center, Ltd.
Dr. Cassiday discusses parents who often sabotage their children's development of self-esteem and self-confidence, but believe they are fostering a more caring relationship.
We at the Bio-Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, NY are investigating the role of certain emotions in individuals with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or hoarding.
Individuals who have been diagnosed with one or more of the following:
OCD burdened a bright young woman for more than 10 years. Read all about her recovery and her advice to others who are suffering in Working Toward Compassion and Moderation.
Episodic OCD burdened me for over a decade, from my college years until 2006. Self-punishment made matters worse, as it does for everyone. I compulsively checked the coffee maker to see if it was off, and overchecked my written work. I feared I had inadvertently written embarrassing or unkind Freudian slips.