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Treatment Approaches for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Dr. Fabiana Franco

Treatment Approaches for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Dr. Fabiana Franco

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a serious mental disorder that is more prevalent than once thought. About 2 to 3 percent of the population will struggle with OCD at some point in their lifetime (Pittenger, Kelmendi, Bloch, Krystal, & Coric, 2005). Treatment Approaches for OCD  To date,a combination of  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) are the most effective forms of psychotherapy for OCD. Some researchers understand OCD as an inability to tolerate anxiety. For example, many people experience the compulsion for excessive hand washing as a symptom of OCD. After touching a doorknob, you may feel the urge to wash your hands; just in case the doorknob is dirty. Thoughts of germs on the doorknob lead to anxiety about disease. Rather than confront the fear and sit with the anxiety, you wash your hands, maybe while washing your hands anxiety increases and you need to wash your hands a few times in a row before you can carry on with your day. An effective way...

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Discrimination Can Be Stressful by Dr. Kristine M. Diaz

Discrimination Can Be Stressful by Dr. Kristine M. Diaz

We know that stress can affect your health, particularly, your mental health. But, did you know that the stress you feel as someone who identifies from a diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or sex development can produce the same kind of stress? It can!

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Learning Self-Compassion by Dr. Jackie Henry

Learning Self-Compassion by Dr. Jackie Henry

Compassion is a desirable quality, one we try to cultivate in our children, toward our friends and family and within our local communities. When a friend is feeling down or discouraged, we don’t hesitate to comfort them and offer words of understanding. Yet when it comes to our own experience, many find it difficult to turn this compassion inward.

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Understanding and Coping with the Loss of a Pet by Dr. Sarah Shelton

Understanding and Coping with the Loss of a Pet by Dr. Sarah Shelton

“My children have four paws. My grandchildren have fur. My dog is smarter than your honor student.” Whether boasted on a bumper sticker or proclaimed aloud, these phrases capture the importance people place on their relationships with their pets. Indeed, the relationship between human and animal is special.

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