Tag Archives: OCD

Autism Treatment in South Florida

December 24th, 2012

Autism Treatment South Florida Psychological health problems are far more common in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) than previously realized.  Failure to recognize and address them in a timely and effective way is associated with poorer treatment outcomes. The diagnosis and treatment of Autism in South Florida, as anywhere else, is complicated by factors including: Difficulty disentangling co-occurring psychological conditions from developmentally based communication, sensory-motor functioning, behavior, socialization, and learning problems. The inherent problems that those with Autism Spectrum Disorders have in expressing, or even recognizing, when they are experiencing psychological health issues. Identifying and accessing effective programs or practitioners. Some… READ MORE ›

OCD Treatment in South Florida

November 30th, 2012

After the diagnosis of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has been made, the next concern is usually about treatment.   A common question is: “What is the best approach and where can I find it?”  Concerns about practical matters like finances and availability naturally follow. Often families ask, “Where can I find OCD treatment in South Florida?” Depending on where you live, finding practitioners or programs that specialize in OCD can be relatively simple or a nightmare.  Although OCD awareness is vastly improved in comparison to even a decade or two ago, unfortunately many areas still lack treatment.  Wherever you may reside, the… READ MORE ›

Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP): Treating Children with OCD

July 6th, 2012

  It’s well recognized that pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is more common than previously thought.  Just as every child is unique, the effect OCD will have upon an individual child and their family also has singular aspects.  The fact that the pediatric treatment of this condition requires quite a bit of creativity and modifications should be anticipated. Implementing OCD treatment presents many complexities, even for teenagers and adults.  This is even more so when it comes to developing interventions for children.  The first challenge is to assist parents (or other caregivers) in understanding the rationale for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy… READ MORE ›

Asperger’s Syndrome/ASDs and OCD

June 15th, 2012

  Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors (OCBs) are typically associated with Asperger’s syndrome (AS) and are often a major obstacle to making improvements.  Whether or not AS will be folded into a new Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) category in the upcoming version of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, DSM-5, the importance of early identification and finding effective ways to address OCBs in this population will remain undiminished. Because they inter-mingle and cross boundary markers with rigidities, perfectionisms, perseverations, stereotyped behaviors, habits, impulsivities, and some kinds of tics, arriving at an exact definition of OCBs can challenge even experts in the… READ MORE ›

For Those With OCD, It’s Hard To Do Nothing

July 11th, 2011

People with OCD find it unusually hard to rest or relax.  So little time: so many worries. Having to clean, check, arrange, or save things keeps them very, very busy.  Even when they look like they aren’t doing anything, they often are.  They might be making mental lists, reviewing conversations for mistakes, planning out their next activity in exacting detail, or engaging in another kind of mental ritual. Ask someone with OCD to try sitting still.  Almost immediately, they will report that their bodies feel like moving in some way.  It could be clenching or unclenching their hands, pushing their… READ MORE ›

In Praise of Doubt

July 31st, 2009

Has doubt been maligned? Doubt is typically associated with problems like indecisiveness and procrastination.  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is known as “The Doubting Illness.”  Politicians who show doubt are said to be “Waffling or Flip- Flopping.”  Would you hire a CEO or draft an athlete that is riddled with “doubts”?  A “Doubting Thomas” is someone lacking faith.  Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet doubts the value of life-“To be, or not to be.”  These are not exactly words that connote positive leadership qualities. If there are so many clinical, professional, and literary examples of how doubt is considered undesirable, then what could possibly be praiseworthy… READ MORE ›