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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 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.”...

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: 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: Understanding How COVID-19 Affects Individuals With OCD

Recent studies have been published that highlight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). But what can we take away from these studies and apply to care for ourselves, our loved ones, or our patients? Pandemics are known to have biological and social...

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...

Turning a Childhood Dream Into a Career Helping Children With OCD

Maria Fraire, PhD, has known she wanted to be a therapist since she was eight years old. “People told me, ‘Oh, you’ll change,’ but honestly, I’m a bit tenacious,” said the incoming program director of McLean’s Child and Adolescent OCD Institute (OCDI Jr.). Fraire has been particularly interested in...

Podcast: Being Me With OCD With Nathaniel Van Kirk

Trevor is joined by Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD, coordinator of clinical assessment at McLean’s OCD Institute. He talks about his personal journey with obsessive compulsive disorder and how he has used his own experience and recovery path to become one of the top clinicians/advocates in the United...

McLean and The Boston Foundation Team Up for Mental Health Education

Last month, in honor of World Mental Health Day on October 10, Sean Shinnock, a volunteer in McLean’s Deconstructing Stigma campaign, was invited to speak to employees of The Boston Foundation about mental health and the importance of getting help. Sean shared his story of living with severe OCD...

Podcast: Changing Course – A Lifesaving Decision

Today, Trevor talks about being self-aware and the need to constantly remind himself that he is a work in progress. Then we chat with Lindsay Kalter (06:20), a former reporter who bravely shared her experience with mental illness on the cover of The Boston Herald. Lindsay talks about the difficulty...

Podcast: Dr. Jeff Szymanski (IOCDF) on OCD and Hoarding

In this week’s episode, Trevor talks openly about how his problems staying mindful and present have led to some significant changes in his medication regimen and recalls a particularly difficult time in his life when a certain med he was taking led to some serious physical issues and an embarrassing...