Obsessive – Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (Mayo Clinic Staff, 12/18/2008)
This comprehensive overview from the Mayo Clinic covers OCD symptoms, OCD treatment, coping and more.
Behavenet Clinical Capsule: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
This website lists the DSM IV-TR criteria for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Information and Resources
International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)
The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is an international not-for-profit organization made up of people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related disorders, as well as their families, friends, professionals and others. Their mission includes educating the public an professionals, supporting research, and improving access to information about OCD for those with the disorder and their families.
OCD Online is a website devoted exclusively to promoting a greater understanding of the treatment and mental processes of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The creator of the website, Dr. Steven Phillipson, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has specialized in the cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) of OCD since 1986.
Awareness Foundation for OCD & Related Disorders
The AFOCD is a collaboration of individuals with one common goal: to heighten, support, and educate public awareness through speaking engagements, private educational coaching, and their films and books about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
When Worry Hijacks the Brain (Kluger, Jeffery, Time Magazine, 08/02/07)
This article discusses the roots of obsession, the genetics behind it, and how to fix it.
The Dirty Work of Keeping Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Check (Donovan, John and Baker, Steven, ABC News, 02/15/10)
Nightline visits conference for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and looks at treatment techniques.
Key to Psychological Disorder May Lie in the Immune System (Weaver, Janelle, Nature, 05/27/10)
This article discusses a study which found that a type of cell that is known to protect the brain against infection could be involved in a form of psychological disorder. Also restoring normal populations of these cells by transplantation can cure abnormal behavior in mice.
New Treatment for Kids with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Mayo Clinic)
Obsessive compulsive disorder is often portrayed as being funny. But if you ask anyone who suffers from the disorder, they’ll tell you there’s nothing humorous about it. Children with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) constantly fight anxiety caused by being afraid of their own thoughts. Cognitive behavioral therapy reduces symptoms, but many children do not have access to it. Doctors at Mayo Clinic are trying to change that with a new, intensive treatment program that’s available to kids who can’t find treatment close to home.
OCD, Phobias and Anxiety (Mayo Clinic)
Dr. Stephen Whiteside, a Mayo Clinic psychologist, discusses phobias and anxieties and how they may lead to obsessive-compulsive disorder, and describes therapies used by psychologists in treatment.
Are You Obsessive Compulsive? (Mental Health Guru)
OCD leads to repetitive, intense compulsions. Watch to learn about OCD’s distinctive challenges.