Shame and Self-Consciousness in Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals who have been diagnosed with one or more of the following:

  • body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • hoarding
State
New York

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.

The Throes of Severe OCD: a Mother’s Perspective

Janet Singer-OCD-personal-storyMy son Dan was in college, and by the time I arrived at his dorm, he had not eaten in more than a week. He was spending hours at a time sitting in one particular chair, hunched over with his head in his hands, doing absolutely nothing. He could not enter most of the buildings on campus and could only do minimal amounts of work at specific times. To top it all off, he was self-injuring.

Living With OCD: One Woman's Story

The anxiety and shame started when Diance was 25. She was sitting in a pew at her church, where she is active in the ministry. It seemed to come out of nowhere. She felt as if she were going to jump out of her skin.

Diance doesn’t know why she felt so anxious. But she knows what she saw when the feeling overwhelmed her: a nearby woman wearing a v-neck sweater.