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Mental Health @ Home book review: Relationship OCD

Book Review: Relationship OCD

Relationship OCD by Sheva Rajaee is written from the perspective of a therapist who herself has dealt with relationship OCD (ROCD). What a perfect combination! I love that more and more mental health professionals are willing to talk about their own mental health challenges. Throughout the book, the author emphasizes the importance of learning to …

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MH@H book review: The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD

Book Review: The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD

The Self-Compassion Workbook for OCD by Kimberley Quinlan looks at how to use self-compassion in conjunction with exposure and response prevention (ERP) to manage OCD. The foreword is written by Jon Hershfield, co-author of The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD, which I’ve previously reviewed. Like that book’s use of mindfulness, this book uses self-compassion as a …

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MH@H book review: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

Book Review: The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD

The Mindfulness Workbook for OCD by Jon Hershfield and Tom Corboy has just been released in its second edition. I was curious what a mindful approach to OCD would look like, but, as the subtitle says, this is a mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in combination book; it’s not a pull up a cushion …

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What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)

What Is… Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is obsessive compulsive personality disorder. When people say that someone is “a little OCD,” chances are, what they’re referring to has little, if anything, to do with obsessive compulsive disorder. What they’re talking about is far more like …

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Mental Health @ Home book review: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary

Book Review: The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary

The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diary by Charlotte Dennis shares her experiences using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to manage her OCD. It’s designed as a workbook to be written in, so the paper version would definitely be a better pick than the ebook. The book is filled with exercises to help you reflect on yourself and …

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What Is… Ego-Syntonic & Ego-Dystonic

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s terms are ego-syntonic and ego-dystonic. The terms ego-syntonic and ego-dystonic come from the field of psychoanalysis, and they were coined by Sigmund Freud in 1914. Ego-syntonic ideas match up with the ego’s needs, view of the self, and personality. Ego-dystonic …

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What Is… a Safety Behaviour

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week’s term is safety behaviour. Safety is supposed to be a good thing, isn’t it? Maybe, but sometimes, the mind will start shouting at you to do things that don’t actually keep you safe and instead just make you anxious, …

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What Is… Exposure and Response Prevention

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms.  This week’s term is exposure and response prevention. Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).  It’s similar to prolonged exposure therapy, which is used in anxiety disorders and PTSD, …

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