Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

People suffering from OCD experience a mental disorder that effects their overall thoughts, behaviour and feelings. They experience both obsessions, and in response to those obsessions, they respond with compulsive actions. Obsessions are repetitive thoughts and images that are usually negative, unwanted, and won’t go away. Compulsions are behaviours that are repetitive, or done in a certain way, to try and alleviate the stress and worry brought on by obsessive thoughts. Examples may include cleaning or organizing in a very specific way, or counting or repeating phrases, or not being able to complete one task until a specific routine has been carried out before doing so. Many of us have daily rhythms and routines that we follow, but we can also live without them. In the case of OCD, these behaviours and routines are stringent, intense, and at times, disruptive to daily life. Are you questioning if your own behaviour, or that of a child, friend, or family member, resembles OCD? Are you looking for information, guidance, community support or resources to help you face challenges brought on by OCD? We are here to provide you with the resources you need.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Research

People with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), an anxiety disorder, suffer intensely from recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviours (compulsions) that they feel they cannot control. Repetitive behaviours such as hand-washing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called "rituals," however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety. Left untreated, obsessions and the need to carry out rituals can take over a person's life. OCD is often a chronic, relapsing illness. The first symptoms of OCD often begin during childhood or adolescence. OCD is equally common in males and females. OCD is sometimes accompanied by depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders. Symptoms of OCD can also coexist and may even be part of a spectrum of other brain disorders, such as Tourette's syndrome. Appropriate diagnosis and treatment of other co-occurring disorders are important to successful treatment of OCD. This new volume offers new research from around the world.

"It'll be Okay."

How I Kept Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) from Ruining My Life

Shannon Shy is a senior civilian attorney with the Department of the Navy and a retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel. In 1997, while on active duty with the Marines, he was diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive-compulsive disorder or "OCD." His OCD had become so severe he became practically non-functioning. He constantly found himself in a seemingly endless loop of intrusive and irrational thoughts, mental anguish, physical pain, and odd behaviors. It got to the point where he secretly and repeatedly thought that suicide would be better than the anguish, embarrassment, and the pain. While he had suspected for several years that he had some disorder, he was afraid to admit it to anyone and afraid to be diagnosed. He had concluded that doing so would cause him to lose his career and his wife and two young sons. Finally, after some nudging from his wife and a colleague and after one very memorable OCD episode, he called a psychiatrist. With the aid of doctors, medication, and behavioral therapy, he developed an effective behavioral strategy (what he calls “Ground Rules and Checkpoints”) to manage his OCD. He now lives a very happy and productive life and has for many years--without medication and without doctors. OCD no longer adversely affects him. This book is about how a young Marine officer, attorney, and family man faced and overcame a relentless “enemy” called OCD. It is a story about struggle, perseverance, and overcoming adversity. This book is not intended as medical advice. Rather, it provides hope, comfort, confidence and insight to some practical techniques for those suffering from OCD and for those trying to help someone with OCD.

Obsessions and Compulsions

Coping with OCD

Practical Strategies for Living Well with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

When you have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), it can feel like your own mind is at war with itself. Instead of having productive and positive thoughts, you rehash the same worries and fears over and over again until they become unbearable. Did you really remember to lock the front door? What if you were to hit someone while driving your car? You may find yourself engaging in exhaustive rituals to keep these thoughts at bay. But soon, the doubts come back with a vengeance. Coping with OCD offers a simple and engaging program that can help anyone with mild to moderate OCD get started on the road to recovery. This book begins with a crash course on what OCD is-and what it is not. You'll learn a proven, three-part program for recovery that uses safe and gradual exposure to distressing thoughts and situations, mindfulness practice, and techniques to restructure thinking. Additional chapters address how families can help, dealing with shame and blame, depression, and maintaining progress. The book also includes a helpful list of resources for further reading and additional support.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Adults

Living with Ocd

Rajah Khetarpal was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1983 and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts. During his childhood, Rajah began to face a very debilitating mental condition called obsessive-compulsive disorder. From that point, he suffered drastically throughout all of his young life. As a grown man however, Rajah is now more determined than ever to beat his mental disorder. It is a war for his life. Rajah is now dedicated to figuring out a way to combat his OCD and live with a sense of well-being. Through faith and spirituality, Rajah Khetarpal shares the tools and knowledge necessary to live well with OCD.

Cognitive Therapy for Obsessive-compulsive Disorder

A Guide for Professionals

A Cognitive Approach to Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Based on research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, this manual presents for the first time a purely cognitive approach to treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This approach avoids the highly distressing exposure component of exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP) that is commonly used to treat the symptoms of OCD. Not only does this cognitive therapy (CT) approach open up the option of psychotherapy to those OCD sufferers who resist exposure-based therapy, it also holds great promise for treating OCD sufferers with mental rituals as well as those who struggle concurrently with depression, anxiety, and other symptoms. The strategies described in this book focus intensively on the intrusive thoughts that can trigger negative beliefs and drive compulsive behaviors. The manual begins with a brief review of current facts about OCD. Then it describes how cognitive therapy can be applied to OCD. The several treatment modules that follow outline a brief three-to-four session approach therapists can use to help clients make real progress on their OCD beliefs and behavioral symptoms. Each module is complemented by a series of client worksheets and handouts. This purely cognitive approach to OCD offers a number of benefits including: CT avoids the discomfort of prolonged exposure and response prevention (ERP) The therapy can be conducted entirely in the therapist's office CT is especially useful for patients with mental rituals and neutralizing strategies The treatment is based on NIMH-funded research and is empirically supported

Overcoming Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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A Books on Prescription Title Break free from unhelpful rituals and take control of your life Are you plagued by a recurring thought or idea that just won't go away? Perhaps you feel the need to wash your hands frequently, hoard things or repeatedly check that all appliances have been turned off before leaving home? These are common symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (or OCD), a condition that causes distress to hundreds of thousands of people. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been clinically proven to significantly reduce symptoms of OCD. Learn how to break free from the destructive cycle of obsessive behaviour and regain control of your life. Shows you how to reduce the distress caused by disturbing thoughts, images and urges Reduces and gradually helps you overcome compulsions Offers advice on how partners, relatives and friends can help.

Free from OCD

A Workbook for Teens with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

You may not know anyone else who suffers from repetitive “stuck” thoughts and compulsive rituals, but plenty of other teens experience symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): the need to repeatedly wash their hands, check to make sure everything’s okay, count possessions, put things in order, or even repeat thoughts over and over. Rituals like these may calm you down when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, but you know all too well that the relief is temporary and you’ll have to repeat the ritual when you start feeling uneasy again. This cycle can make you feel trapped, but also may seem impossible or even frightening to break. Free from OCD offers forty easy cognitive behavioral exercises to help you move past your symptoms and live freely and flexibly, without fear. You’ll finally be able to stop compulsive thoughts in their tracks and keep them from coming back. This book helps you learn to: •Notice when thoughts are based in reality and when they’re exaggerated •Recognize and neutralize situations that trigger your symptoms •Make friends and feel more confident in social situations •Use relaxation techniques instead of falling back on your rituals

Concepts and Controversies in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Few syndromes in psychopathology generate as much popular curiosity and clinical exploration as does obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Since the 1970s, research on OCD has increased exponentially. Speci?c advances include an improved grasp of the heterogeneity of the disorder, identi?cation of putative subtyping schemes, and the development of increasingly sophisticated theoretical models of the etiology and maintenance. Perhaps most importantly, research has led to advances in treatment; andwhereasthe?rstlinetherapies(cognitive-behaviortherapyandserotonergicm- ication) are not entirely effective for every sufferer, they have transformed OCD from an unmanageable lifetime af?iction into a treatable problem that need not reduce quality of life. Despite the aforementioned advances, there have emerged a number of sharp disagreements concerning OCD. Differences have surfaced over phenomenological issues, etiological models, and approaches to treatment, and often occur (but not exclusively) along disciplinary lines between biologically oriented and cogniti- behaviorally oriented authorities. For example, medical approaches posit that abn- mal biological processes cause OCD, whereas psychosocial formulations emphasize the role of learning and dysfunctional cognitions. Yet because theoretical conjecture andempirical?ndingsfromwithineachtraditionaretypicallyaddressedtowardd- tinct and narrow audiences, clinicians, researchers, and students with broad interests are hindered from gaining a clear grasp of the diverse (and sometimes polarized) perspectives.

Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Treatment for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has dramatically improved with the innovative use of cognitive-behavioral therapies. Drs. McGinn and Sanderson have developed a comprehensive method of treatment that combines psychoeducational and cognitive restructuring with traditional exposure and response prevention techniques. A detailed session-by-session guide is presented to help clinicians assess and treat OCD with this unique blend of therapies. Using a composite case example, the authors demonstrate exactly how to implement various strategies from the initial interview to the conclusion of treatment.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects millions of people. People with this disorder have behaviors that they can t help doing or can t stop doing, such as washing their hands over and over or continuously checking to see if the stove is off. These obsessions or compulsions are time consuming, distressing, and interfere with normal routines, relationships with others, or daily functioning. The disorder usually develops before the age of thirty but can begin at any time. Effective treatment - medications and/or cognitive-behavioral therapy - is available to help people living with OCD effectively manage their symptoms. Learn about the nature of the disorder, its symptoms, and more in this insightful overview.

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Gamblers Anonymous - Hamilton East

Offers peer-led self-help groups for those with gambling problems:

* Faith Lutheran Church, 1907 King St E

For additional help, call the Ontario Helpline at 1-855-222-5542.

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Concurrent Disorders Program - West 5th Campus

The Outpatient Care Team is an extension of the inpatient service, and provides specialized concurrent disorder services for patients with both high addiction and high mental health needs.

Services include:
* Time-limited follow-up for stabilization and transition to community and/or other appropriate services
* Consultation with a Psychiatrist
* Group programming such as Structured Relapse Prevention, Maintaining Recovery, Women’s Self Esteem, Men’s Self Esteem
* 1 on 1 counselling for addictions and mental health using both a harm reduction and abstinence based approach

Hamilton. Public Health Services - Problem Gambling Program - Cooper Building

Provides information, assessment, referral and treatment services to individual and families. Services are free and confidential, will also provide public awareness and education about responsible and problem gambling upon request.

Halton Healthcare - Mental Health - Concurrent Disorders Program - Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

Offers help to individuals who have a concurrent addiction and mental health issue

Services include:
  • assessment, consultation and treatment with an Addiction Psychiatrist
  • individual and group therapy
  • group based education focused on developing personal goals, skill building, and improving the management of mental health and addiction issues

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Eating Disorder Program - Charlton Campus

Offers an outpatient group program for people with eating disorders.

Halton Healthcare - Mental Health - Eating Disorders Clinic - Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

Provides services for youth and adults struggling with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa * helps to eliminate or reduce symptoms of their eating disorder and develop adaptive strategies * as a member of Central West Eating Disorder Program (CWEDP), the team works in partnership with Treillis Mental Health and Developmental Services, Trillium Health Partners and William Osler Health System

Services include:
  • psychiatric assessment and treatment
  • individual, group and family counselling
  • nutritional assessment and counselling
  • family support and education

Equilibrium - Mood Disorder Support Group - Oakville

A peer support group for individuals and their families who are affected by a mood disorder and whose main purpose is to gain a better understanding of the illness, to offer non-judgmental support and to share experiences

The focus of monthly meetings is wellness through education and sharing
  • guest speakers include individuals who live with a mood disorder, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers and specialists in nutrition and relaxation
  • video presentations by medical specialists or professional documentaries
  • open discussions
  • no registration or membership required
  • all those affected by a mood disorder are welcome
  • refer to the Mental Health Services offered by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Halton Branch for more information

McMaster Children's Hospital - Pediatric Eating Disorders Program - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, Level 4

Provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessment for all new patients with eating problems on an in-patient, out-patient, day-treatment basis. Families and caregivers are integral to the treatment process. Further information is available from the National Eating Disorders Information Centre at 1-866-NEDIC-20 or www.nedic.ca

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton - Hamilton / Halton Gatekeepers Program

Works in conjunction with health and social service community partners, to identify seniors living in severe self-neglect, known as “Diogenes Syndrome”. This service is intended to increase access to support services for vulnerable and at-risk seniors and prevent the need for other services such as hospitalization and long term care.

ROCK - Danielle's Place - Eating Disorder Support and Resource Centre - Burlington - Brant St

Support individuals who are at-risk of developing an eating disorder and to promote overall physical and mental wellness.

* offer a variety of self-esteem, body image, social skills, and other wellness-based group services for children, youth and their caregivers including:

* ROCK's Girl Talk
* Dove Self-Esteem Project
* Boys ROCK
* Active Parenting
* educational workshops and seminars

* operates under ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids) as the lead agency for child and youth mental in Halton and is available to provide therapy for individuals under 18 yrs and their families

McMaster Children's Hospital - Autism Spectrum Disorder School Support Program - Ron Joyce Children's Health Centre, Level 4

Provides consultation, training, and resource development to educators employed by public school boards in Ontario. Services are provided to educators who work with students, not directly to students.

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Nutrition Program

Increases awareness of risks associated with alcohol/drug consumption during pregnancy and breastfeeding among urban Aboriginal women through activities for children, support for parents, and a meals-to-go program.