The Crossover Between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorder

The Crossover Between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorder

            Clients presenting with symptoms of obsessive, rigid thinking along with patterns of over-eating or under-eating may be struggling with the presence of both Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Eating Disorder (ED). These two disorders have a lot of similarities to one another when it 

Conflicting Feelings And Thoughts Are OK

Conflicting Feelings And Thoughts Are OK

“It seems like an amazing opportunity, but is it the right opportunity?” “How can I say I love them when I also get so annoyed with them at times?” “Am I happy? Sometimes, but not all the time. Maybe I’m not really happy!” When it 

Supporting Someone With OCD or Anxiety- 5 Things You Can Do To Help

Supporting Someone With OCD or Anxiety- 5 Things You Can Do To Help

How to avoid reassuring someone with OCD without feeling like a jerk Supporting someone with OCD can be a difficult task. Many give into the reassurance and accommodation trap, while others choose to argue with the content of the obsession. Supporting someone with OCD, however, 

Avoidance Vs Redirection To Overcome Anxiety And OCD, Part 2

Avoidance Vs Redirection To Overcome Anxiety And OCD, Part 2

This is part II of an article focused on discussing the differences between avoidance and redirection behaviors. This article will focus on issues related to effectively using redirection. Click here to read part I. When Should I Redirect And When Should I Engage My Exposure? 

Avoidance Vs Redirection To Overcome Anxiety And OCD

Avoidance Vs Redirection To Overcome Anxiety And OCD

People entering into OCD and anxiety disorder treatment often engage in efforts to suppress or avoid unwanted thoughts or feelings. However, exposure treatment involves facing your fear while also pursuing a fuller life. The differences between avoidance and redirection can be confusing, but knowing the 

OCD vs. Delusional Disorder vs. Schizophrenia

OCD vs. Delusional Disorder vs. Schizophrenia

by Kevin Foss, MFT When discussing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), we often use phrases to describe the obsessional piece as “intrusive thoughts” or “distorted thinking” or “irrational beliefs.” Many OCD sufferers fear that their intrusive, irrational obsessions are signs that they are “crazy” or will 

Never Good Enough: A Discussion on Perfectionism

Never Good Enough: A Discussion on Perfectionism

By Shannon Prebil, AMFTStaff therapist with CalOCD Do you ever feel an enormous amount of pressure to do everything perfectly? Or, do you believe that if you are not perfect at something then you are not worthy to be accepted by others? It is completely 

13 Mental Compulsions And What To Do About Them

13 Mental Compulsions And What To Do About Them

We all know what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is, right? Handwashing. Cleaning a lot. Checking the stove. Organizing your books by color, or size, or topic, or author. Of course, if you have a really exotic manifestation, you circle back when you drive just to 

Letting Bad Feelings Feel Bad May Actually Help

Letting Bad Feelings Feel Bad May Actually Help

Sometimes bad feelings make you feel bad, and that is both okay and normal. This article, written by Kevin Foss, MFT, was originally posted to Psychology Today on April 13th, 2022. To read in its original format, click here. You know that old saying “You 

FearCast Question- “How Can I Tell If It’s HOCD or Suppressed Attraction?”

FearCast Question- “How Can I Tell If It’s HOCD or Suppressed Attraction?”

This question was originally answered on the FearCast Podcast episode release on January 31, 2022 (https://fearcastpodcast.com/2022/01/31/hocd-suppressed/) I am a heterosexual identifying female who is experiencing HOCD.  I have two questions: When I am around both sexes, mostly occurring with females, I have an uninvited and