Cognitive Distortions

The way you think is informed by established beliefs you have about the world around you. Do you tend to pick out the negative details in a situation or conversation and magnify those while filtering out the neutral or positive? Do you prefer to make situations black or white because greys are too difficult to navigate? Do you take a negative aspect of a situation then come to an erroneous conclusion?

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Relationship OCD

Isn't it healthy to have doubts about your partner or your relationship? Although there are many research articles on OCD there are very few on Relationship OCD as it's really only come to light in recent years. An article by Doron et. al., (2016) defines R-OCD as "obsessive preoccupation, doubts, and compulsive behaviors focusing on one's romantic relationship and partner." The key words in that definition are (obviously!) obsessive preoccupation and compulsive behaviors. The short answer to the above question about healthy doubt is YES! However, when your doubt is ruminative/obsessive, chronic, and feels compulsive,…

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

What is acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)? And how would it benefit persons with anxiety &/or OCD? One major goal of ACT (said as the word “act”) is psychological flexibility. Anxious persons or those with OCD recognize that at times (or often) they can be very rigid in how they see things. According to Stephen Hayes within the context of ACT, psychological flexibility means “contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting behavior in the service of chosen values.” Now what…

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