OCD Related Content

Video: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids & Teens

If you have noticed that your child or adolescent is unusually hard on themselves, sets unreachable expectations, avoids challenges, and is overly self-critical, they may be exhibiting signs of perfectionism. One of the challenges of perfectionism is that it’s seen as a good thing—after all, we want...

Video: Deconstructing Stigma – Sean

As a participant in McLean’s Deconstructing Stigma campaign, Sean tells his story of his struggles with obsessive compulsive disorder and how getting the help he needed changed his life. Read more about Sean’s story. About Deconstructing Stigma Deconstructing Stigma: Changing Attitudes About Mental...

Podcast: Helping Your Patients Face Their Fears With ERP

Jenn talks to Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale about exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, including its effectiveness and why it’s a gold standard in obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) treatment. Elizabeth provides guidance to clinicians about implementing ERP with patients diagnosed with OCD...

Podcast: My Experiences With OCD—as Patient and Provider

Jenn talks to Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD, about his diagnosis of OCD as a teen and how it shaped his personal and professional lives. Nathaniel offers advice on authenticity and disclosing mental health conditions in social situations, as well as how to manage mental health when life gives you...

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...

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 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...

Podcast: Regaining Control Over OCD

Jenn talks to Dr. Jason Krompinger. Jason discusses various forms of treatment for OCD, ways to regain and maintain control over OCD, and myths about treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder. Jason Krompinger, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with expertise in treating OCD and related disorders...

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...

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...

Video: Lecture – Novel Interventions for OCD

Presented by Carolyn Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine – Women in Medicine and Science Month lecture Standard first-line treatments for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) may not provide sufficient relief of OCD symptoms for all those seeking care. Given the limited success...

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: Helping Your Patients Face Their Fears With Exposure Therapy

Exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP) is the most effective behavioral treatment for patients with OCD. When done well, it helps patients break patterns of avoidance and fears. But how do you know which variations will work for your patients? How should you pace their ERP journey? And what...

Video: Regaining Control Over OCD

While obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic disorder, it can be managed in several ways that can change intrusive thoughts from a roar to a whisper. As debilitating as OCD can be, individuals can respond very well to different treatments. So how can we know which is best for us, and how...

Video: Helping Clinicians Navigate OCD and Support Their Patients

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a challenging condition for clinicians to treat. As it is often complicated by coexisting conditions, there is a need for healthcare providers to understand OCD, its related disorders, and various treatment options to achieve better mental health outcomes for...

Everything You Need To Know About OCD in the Age of COVID-19

“There’s a large perception that people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are struggling more than usual as we deal with the coronavirus. In reality, it’s a pretty complex picture,” said Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD, coordinator of Clinical Assessment for McLean’s OCD Institute. Based on recent...

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...

Video: McLean Hospital Puts People First in Mental Health Care

Don’t let mental health stigma stop you from getting the care you need. McLean is here to help. Although around 450 million people around the globe live with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders, stigma about these illnesses continues to be the greatest barrier to care. As the...