Why You Need to Stop Saying You’re “So OCD”

http://greatist.com/ BY ALYSSA RAIOLA We all know someone who likes to keep things Danny Tanner-level clean or perfectly color-coded—maybe it’s your own M.O. If so, you’ve probably acknowledged your quirks by saying “I’m so OCD.” Maybe you’ve even wondered if your habits do qualify as symptoms of an actual disorder. READ MORE

What obsessive-compulsive disorder in kids looks like in school

www.washingtonpost.com By Valerie Strauss People with obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, suffer from unwanted and intrusive thoughts that they can’t seem to get out of their heads, called obsessions, which often compel them to perform ritualistic behaviors and routines, or compulsions, over and over to try to ease their anxiety. Children and teens may not realize they READ MORE

Increasing OCD awareness and understanding

http://swarthmorephoenix.com/ by Jedidiah Siev Candace has repeated, intrusive thoughts about losing control and stabbing her children with a sharp knife. She becomes intensely anxious and is concerned that these unwanted thoughts signal her impending loss of control, or at the very least indicate that she is fundamentally a bad person. In an effort to be READ MORE

Normal Anxiety vs. Anxiety Disorder: Signs, Symptoms To Tell The Difference

medicaldaily.com By Kelsey Drain Are you getting jitters just from thinking about the prospect of having an anxiety disorder? There are differences between experiencing “casual” anxiety, which most people feel on occasion, and symptoms that could lead to an official diagnosis. Anxiety disorders affect some 40 million adults in the United States, which is as READ MORE

Living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

http://psychcentral.com/ By Matthew Loeb “He is sooo OCD,” I overhear a 20-something snarkily remark to a friend. The hair on my skin crawls. As someone with a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) — one from a psychiatrist, not Urban Dictionary — I bristle. Sure, the remark was insensitive, even callous, but here’s why I cringe: READ MORE

The Secret Illness: People affected by OCD are sharing their deepest fears online

http://www.independent.co.uk/ Kashmira Gander The secret thoughts, fears and hopes of people living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are being laid bare on a dedicated website. Admissions of guilt and shame by those with the debilitating condition fill The Wall on The Secret Illness arts project website. OCD is a mental health condition characterized by unwanted READ MORE

Learning About Anxiety Disorders

From food.ndtv.com The National Institute of Mental Health offers more information about anxiety disorders at nimh.nih.gov. Under “Health & Education,” the website describes these signs and symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD: People with GAD can’t seem to get rid of their concerns, even though they usually realize that their anxiety is more intense than READ MORE