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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...

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...

What Is Sexual Orientation OCD?

Sexual identity is an important part of how we view ourselves. Most people have little trouble knowing who they find attractive. This may not always be easy, of course. Varying factors, like religion, community values, social fears, etc., may create obstacles for someone trying to actualize their...

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.”...

Staff Profile: Brian P. Brennan, MD, MMSc

Brian P. Brennan, MD, MMSc, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and is the medical director of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute at McLean Hospital—a world-renowned intensive residential treatment facility for patients with severe OCD and related disorders. He...

Staff Profile: Jacqueline Sperling, PhD

Jacqueline Sperling, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, faculty at Harvard Medical School, and the co-founder and co-program director of the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program at McLean Hospital. She is the author of the young adult nonfiction book “Find Your Fierce: How to Put Social Anxiety in Its Place...

Staff Profile: Jesse M. Crosby, PhD

Jesse M. Crosby, PhD, is a clinical associate at McLean Hospital and a lecturer on psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He also manages a private practice in clinical and consulting psychology in Lexington, Massachusetts. Dr. Crosby has specialized clinical and...

Staff Profile: Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD

Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in severe anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and trauma/PTSD. At McLean Hospital, Dr. Van Kirk is the director of psychological services at the OCD Institute. He is a member of the hospital’s Patient and...

Staff Profile: Jennie M. Kuckertz, PhD

Jennie M. Kuckertz, PhD, is a research psychologist at the OCD Institute and is a recent recipient of the Corneel Young Investigator Award at McLean Hospital. Her research interests are in mechanisms of treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders, including traditional interventions such as exposure and...

Staff Profile: Michelle Silverman, PhD

Michelle Silverman, PhD, is a staff psychologist who works with children, teens, and parents in the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program (MAMP). She specializes in providing evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP) to youth...

Staff Profile: Daniel Zwillenberg, PsyD

Daniel Zwillenberg, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital’s 3East adolescent DBT program. He is also an instructor in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Prior to moving to Massachusetts in 2013, Dr. Zwillenberg served as the director of Externship...