Tag: OCD

Understanding Anxiety Disorders

Millions of individuals live each day in fear – not of an actual physical threat, but imaginary dangers, remembered trauma, inanimate objects, or something as simple as walking outside their front door. The most common psychiatric illnesses today are anxiety disorders.  Estimates place the number of affected Americans at up to 40 million. At least […]

Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) frequently experience problems with disturbing, intrusive thoughts, as well as overwhelming impulses to perform ritualistic behaviors that reduce the anxiety associated with such thoughts. Traditional psychotherapy has not been found to be helpful for most individuals with OCD.  However, one modern form of treatment is particularly successful in overcoming symptoms […]

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment Methods

Constant hand washing, repetitive touching of doorways, checking ten times to make sure the stove is turned off:  these are all examples of behaviors we frequently associate with obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD. The nature of obsessive compulsive disorder OCD is a type of anxiety disorder, characterized by unwanted, uncontrollable thoughts as well as repetitive […]

Mood Disorders and Personality Disorders among the Most Common Mental Illnesses

 Mental health problems are the leading cause of disability in the U.S., costing our society countless hours of productivity each year. The types of mental illnesses are wide-ranging and are classified according to symptoms and characteristics.  It is not always easy to pinpoint a specific mental disorder. This is in part due to similarities between […]

Help Available for Compulsive Hoarders

Compulsive hoarding is by no means a new phenomenon. However, it has recently moved into the spotlight courtesy of several documentaries and television shows such as A&E’s “Hoarders” and TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive.” The exposure compulsive hoarding has gained as a result has been an eye-opener to many hoarders as well as to those around […]

Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness Slowly Decreasing

There is an overriding tendency within human nature to fear what we don’t understand. Throughout history, this “fear of the unknown” has shaped our perception in regard to those who suffer from mental illness. Assumptions and judgments are formed about people with mental health issues often without any understanding of the causes, symptoms and treatment […]

Mental Illness Does Not Discriminate: Celebrity Struggles Well-Documented

In recent years, many high profile actors, politicians and athletes have opted to take the step of disclosing their battles with mental disorders to the general public. In doing so, these people have elevated public awareness of conditions such as bipolar disorders, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). In some cases, the decisions by […]

Understanding Anxiety Disorders

Everyone experiences some level of worry or anxiety from time to time. But when that worry or anxiousness becomes overwhelming or subsists for long periods of time, there may be a deeper issue at hand. In a given year, anxiety disorders affect roughly 18 percent of Americans over the age of 18, according to the […]