What I Learned, As A Therapist And A Mother, About Childhood OCD

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Childhood OCD is a heartbreaking condition that is often misdiagnosed because it can look like anything from ADHD to a myriad of behavioral problems. I know this both as a clinician and as the parent of a child who experienced the debilitating symptoms of OCD as a result of a strep infection.

Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep (PANDAS), or the more generalized version, Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS), occurs when the antibodies produced by a strong immune system response to something like Strep or Lyme disease cross the blood brain barrier and trigger tics and/or a host of other OCD symptoms.

Most parents with a child suffering from PANDAS can tell you the exact day that came on. For me, it was December 26th. My daughter was eating a Christmas cookie that she had made with her father, and she found a tiny piece of plastic wrap on the cookie. She launched into a million questions – and I might not be exaggerating. “What if I swallowed plastic wrap mommy?” “How do you know I didn’t swallow plastic wrap?” “Would I suffocate if I swallowed plastic wrap?” “Would I be dead by now if I did swallow plastic wrap?” Read More

Changing Your Mind – A Lesson In Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

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Habits of mind are there to make things easier. For example, we don’t have to remember how to get to work each day or how to make the coffee – we habitually go through the motions to get the important things done. But those same habits can also be detrimental – providing a sort of perceived comfort zone that keeps us stuck in patterns that leave us feeling less than content.

Let me explain.

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