Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an Anxiety Disorder affecting many people with recurring and unwanted thoughts, ideas, sensations or obsessions. These make them feel driven to perform repeated compulsive acts. Behaviors such as repetitive hand-washing, checking for locked doors and windows, or constantly checking for messages on smartphones are justContinue Reading

People who suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are preoccupied with certain distressing thoughts, and feel compelled to perform certain extreme behaviors. People become obsessed with images or thoughts that force their way into a person’s awareness against a person’s will. These thoughts are so disturbing that they cause intenseContinue Reading

The term Repetition Compulsion was first coined by Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the father of psychotherapy. The term is defined as a physical addiction to drama, stress, unhealthy situations or the re-enactment of victimization. In an updated 1989 summary, Dr. Bessel A. VanDerKock wrote an excellent study in his “The CompulsionContinue Reading

Habits are learned behaviors, or behavior patterns unlike instincts and motivations, that are embedded genetic traits. Habits are acquired by frequent use and repetition, as in an addiction or in swearing, for example that make up the structure of one’s personality. Primal vs Inherited Habits are dictated by these fourContinue Reading

The disorder of Hair-Pulling has become classified as an Obsessive-Compulsive Related Disorder. Individuals with hair-pulling disorder (also known as trichotillomania, derived from the Greek term for frenzied hair-pulling), repeatedly pull hair out from their scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes or other parts of their bodies. (APA, 2013, 2012). Typically, people with thisContinue Reading