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McLean Hospital’s TMS Program Expands Access to Mental Health Treatment

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is quickly becoming an important treatment option for severe, treatment-resistant depression and other mental health disorders. McLean Hospital’s accelerated TMS program makes it more accessible for patients who have restricted schedules. Under the leadership...

Video: OCD or an Anxiety Disorder? Getting the Diagnosis Right

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) manifests in all kinds of ways—from checking and counting to ruminating and handwashing. And while OCD is often thought of as an anxiety disorder, diagnostically speaking, it is something distinct. Understanding all this can be tricky, to be sure. But it’s also...

Podcast: When Parting With Possessions Becomes Problematic

Jeff talks to Dr. Jeff Szymanski about hoarding disorder, its warning signs, and options for treatment. They also discuss the evolution of the diagnosis, how it started as a subtype of OCD, and its current diagnostic criteria. Additionally, Dr. Szymanski shares resources, organizations, and...

Anxiety and OCD Course Advises on Supporting Kids and Teens

On March 21, 2024, McLean Hospital hosted Anxiety and OCD in Kids and Teens, a course aimed at health care professionals, educators, and parents. Experts Lisa W. Coyne, PhD , Fairlee C. Fabrett, PhD , and Jeff Szymanski, PhD , weighed in on topics including the fundamentals of anxiety and OCD, how...

Everything You Need To Know About OCD in Kids and Teens

While working on a project together, you see a friend packing up their work supplies in a very neat fashion. You can’t help but point out that they’ve organized all their pens to be lined up in order of color and all facing the same direction in their box. “Oh,” they reply. “That’s just my OCD.”...

Video: Shining a Light on the Challenges of OCD

Elizabeth McIngvale, PhD, LCSW, talks about the nuances and complexities of obsessive compulsive disorder, addresses advocacy in and out of the doctor’s office, and answers audience questions about OCD. OCD doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment. As a clinician, you may find yourself...

Understanding OCD and Religious Scrupulosity

When people have religious scrupulosity, one form of obsessive compulsive disorder, they experience significant doubt, anxiety, and distress about their moral beliefs or religious practices. For example, people who have scrupulosity may worry if they are performing the rites, observations, prayers...

Podcast: Supporting the Mental Health of Student Athletes

Jeff talks to Cali Werner about her experiences as a student athlete with mental health challenges. They discuss the accessibility of mental health care for student athletes, and where students should turn for help. They also talked about ideas for how coaches and school counselors can better...

Podcast: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids & Teens

Jenn talks to Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale about identifying and addressing perfectionism in kids and teens. Elizabeth explains the varying signs and symptoms of perfectionism, shares short- and long-term impacts of unaddressed perfectionism, and answers audience questions about how we can teach our...

Everything You Need To Know About OCD

We all experience anxiety, a feeling of dread that happens to be your body’s natural response to stress. It may be brought on by a variety of circumstances, including making an important decision, an upcoming test, or meeting someone new. If someone is living with an anxiety disorder like OCD, these...

Everything You Need To Know About Anxiety

When we think of “anxiety,” we tend to think about feeling stressed out. Actually, anxiety is our body’s reaction to a threat to our well-being. Without anxiety, we would not react when we are in danger, and we likely wouldn’t be alive today without it. However, anxiety can be so much more than...

Video: My Story of OCD, as Patient—and Provider

As Nathaniel learned when he was a teenager scrubbing his hands at 4am, his fears associated with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) weren’t realistic. But in the moment, it didn’t matter, because it felt like his brain was turning against him. As he grew to understand his condition, he learned...

Everything You Need To Know About Hoarding Disorder

Hoarding disorder is a mental health condition characterized by saving items that appear to have little or no worth, often accumulating magazines, mail, newspapers, and old clothing. Between reality TV shows and common misconceptions about the condition, hoarding disorder is deeply misunderstood by...

Everything You Need To Know About Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy

Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a serious condition that can disrupt someone’s daily life. It is marked by obsessions, or unwanted intrusive thoughts, and physical or mental actions taken to relieve anxiety associated with the obsessions. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy is...

Video: When Parting With Possessions Becomes Problematic

Most everyone knows what it’s like to struggle with getting rid of one thing or another. It can be hard for any of us to part with an old photo album or perhaps a favorite sweater or book. But what if discarding items as trivial as newspapers and junk mail caused you great distress? And what if that...