What is Pure O and How is it Different From OCD?

You’ve probably heard the term “Pure O” before, but aren’t exactly sure what Pure O is or how it is different from OCD. The two disorders are similar, but they have different symptoms and manifestations, so it’s important to understand both. Primarily Obsessional OCD, or Pure O OCD, is a less recognized subtype of obsessive-compulsive … Read more

What’s the Difference Between OCD and OCPD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder share similar names, but they are two completely distinct conditions. You might be familiar with OCD — and if not, we’ve discussed some of the most common misconceptions about OCD before. OCD is characterized by intrusive thoughts, or obsessions, that compel an individual to engage in specific behaviors, or … Read more

2013 Study Shows Ketamine Effective in Treating OCD Symptoms

The first-line pharmacological treatment, and only medications approved by the FDA, to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SRIs. These medications often only provide limited symptom relief, and usually take six to ten weeks to have a meaningful impact. SRIs also typically produce a wide range of unpredictable side effects for the user. … Read more

Debunking Common Myths About OCD

Obsessive compulsive disorder is a common mental illness that impacts over 2 million adults in the United States alone. It is also one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented disorders out there. OCD is a serious condition that often interferes with daily functioning and mental wellbeing, and should be professionally treated when diagnosed. Unfortunately, there … Read more

The pros and cons of ketamine for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

By Tracie White Geuris “Jerry” Rivas, a native of New York, was diagnosed with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder when he was 15. Obsessions with organizing and reorganizing the belongings in his bedroom — posters, comic books, videos — took over most of his life. Forced by germ obsessions to compulsively wash and rewash his hands, he … Read more

Ketamine Rapidly Reduces OCD Symptoms

Ketamine, primarily used as an approved dissociative anesthetic during surgery, has gained attention in recent years as a potential treatment for various mental health conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). While research on the use of ketamine for OCD is still in its early stages, there is evidence suggesting that it may have a positive impact … Read more

From Stanford Medicine: Ketamine for OCD

Illustration by Kotryna Zukauskaite Geuris “Jerry” Rivas, a native of New York, was diagnosed with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder when he was 15. Obsessions with organizing and reorganizing the belongings in his bedroom — posters, comic books, videos — took over most of his life. Forced by germ obsessions to compulsively wash and rewash his hands, … Read more

Why TMS Is One Of The Most Effective Treatments For OCD

If obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is interfering with your ability to function normally and you’ve tried traditional options to no avail, explore how TMS may hold the key to living a life free from both obsessions and compulsions. OCD affects between 1% and 2% of the population in the United States to varying degrees. While some … Read more

How Is COVID-19 Affecting People With OCD?

COVID-19 has had a knock-on affect on mental health across the globe. The World Health Organization reports that the sweeping pandemic “is inducing a considerable degree of fear, worry and concern in the population at large and among certain groups in particular.” These groups include people with anxiety and depression and those with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), who … Read more

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