Here are some interesting links and articles that we’ve included in our monthly email reminder for support groups.
* Self-Directed Treatment for OCD: The Irony of Doing the Opposite, By Paul R. Munford, Ph.D. Mumford provides some instructions on how to do Exposure Response Prevention for yourself.
* Relapse Prevention in the Treatment of OCD By James Claiborn, PhD, Claiborne uses the model of substance abuse to discuss relapse in OCD is and how to prevent it. Aimed towards therapists, but easily readable.
* Living With Someone Who Has OCD: Guidelines for Family Members By Barbara Van Noppen, Ph.D. and Michele Pato, MD Van Noppen and Pato provide practical of issues that arise living with OCD and some things to do and not to do.
* ‘Triggered’: Anxiety And The Doubting Disorder. This is an interesting new book on the experience of living with OCD by Fletcher Wortmann. Wortmann examines the origins of his anxieties, and how he came to be overwhelmed by intrusive thoughts. He talked with NPR’s Neal Conan about how he gradually learned to cope with what some call the “doubting disorder.” To hear the conversation go tohttp://www.npr.org/2012/03/29/149619994/triggered-anxiety-and-the-doubting-disorder.
Harm OCD: This article from the OCD Center of Los Angeles describes some of the symptoms that people with Harm OCD often experience. The next article in the series will describe ways to treat it. View article: Harm OCD: Symptoms and Treatment – Part 1.
Links for family and friends who do not have OCD. Thanks to Paula for this list. If someone close to you has an anxiety disorder, here are some ways you can help:
- Tips For Helping A Spouse or Partner http://www.adaa.org/finding-help/helping-others/spouse-or-partner
- Supporting a Person with OCD
- Anxiety Disorders Center: Compulsive Hoarding
- “When A Loved One Hoards” by David F. Tolin, Ph.D.
- Suggestions For Loved Ones Who Want To Help
Source: The Anxiety and Stress Disorders Institute of Marylandhttp://www.anxietyandstress.com/forlovedoneswhowanttohelp.html
- Family involvement in Treatment (.ppt)
* New technical journal on OCD from Elsevier: Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Prof. Jonathan S. Abramowitz of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will serve as the Editor-in-Chief of this journal. The journal seeks to provide an international forum for communication and collaboration across clinical and academic fields concerned with obsessive-compulsive disorders. The first issue is currently freely available to view online on SciVerse ScienceDirect:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/22113649