psychology

OCD: Beyond E/RP

If you are familiar with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder- perhaps you live with the diagnosis yourself- you are likely aware that the golden standard treatment for OCD is a cognitive behavioral approach called Exposure/ Response Prevention. I’ve spoken about E/RP at length in previous blog posts and cannot emphasize enough the importance of this intervention for

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Understanding the White Whale of OCD: Taboo Sexual Thoughts and Groinal Response

It’s helpful to think of taboo thoughts OCD as a preoccupation with the “worst case scenario” regarding identity. People who have a type of OCD primarily defined by intrusive taboo thoughts  (harm OCD, incest OCD, pedophilia OCD, and Scrupulosity, and some types of Magical Thinking, to name a few) are usually fixated on the thought

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Addiction in the Age of Eating Disorders and Sexual Fluidity

Eating disorders are one of today’s most fatal illnesses prevalent among young girls and women. Social media such as Facebook and Instagram both create and promote the obsession over being thin, and significantly contribute to low self-esteem and body dysmorphia. Young girls have admitted to finding social media groups promoted on Instagram that teach girls

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Why Cry When You Can Laugh? Humor, Depression, and Stress

Studies on humor tell us that laughing reduces our cortisol levels. In fact, there was a study done in 2014 at the Robert Bosch Hospital with cardiac patients showing that humor significantly reduced levels of negative emotions such as aggression and tension. In 2017, there was a three part-study published in the Psychological and Social

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