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What is Panic Disorder?

What is Panic Disorder? Imagine that you were just going about your business and suddenly you notice a snarling tiger, teeth bared crouched in front of you. How would you feel? What physical symptoms would you experience? What would you have the urge to do? Probably many of us would feel immediate terror and a sense of impending doom. Our

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What is Trichotillomania?

Trichollomania Trichollomania is characterized by the repetitive pulling on one’s hair resulting in noticeable hair loss. Patients typically experience an increasing sense on tension immediately before pulling out the hair or when attempting to resist the behavior. Pleasure, gratification or relief is felt upon hair pulling. Researchers at our Institute hypothesize that two forms of trichotillomania may exist. Individuals who

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What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

WHAT IS OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER? Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a complex neuropsychiatric disorder. It is characterized by persistent, intrusive thoughts called “obsessions” and/or urges to perform certain repetitive strange seeming behaviors called “compulsions.” OCD is not simply a single, identifiable disorder. It is frequently a ‘masked’ disorder, mixed with other symptoms. One can suffer from thoughts alone, the behaviors

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What is Hypochondriasis?

WHAT IS HYPOCHONDRIASIS? Hypochondriasis is a somatoform disorder characterized by the preoccupation with the idea that one has a serious disease or the fear of having a serious disease. The preoccupation is based on the misinterpretation of one or more bodily signs or symptoms (e.g. “I have a headache, I must have a brain tumor.”) CRITERIA The current psychiatric diagnostic

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What is Compulsive Hoarding?

Compulsive Hoarding Compulsive hoarding is a complex psychological disorder that can significantly disrupt a person’s life. Hoarding occurs when a person acquires and saves possessions that have either little or no value (or have some perceived value), and the person then has great difficulty in discarding their possessions. This usually results in clutter. Hoarding behavior can often lead to other

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What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

WHAT IS BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER? Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a condition that involves an intense preoccupation with a particular aspect(s) of physical appearance in a normal appearing person. Although individuals can become preoccupied with any aspect of their appearance, concern with facial features is the most common. Patients may complain, for example, that their nose is too large nose,

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Strategies for Getting Hoarders into Treatment

While compulsive hoarding may be observed in individuals with or without Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), compulsive hoarding is typically conceptualized on the OCD spectrum.  However, unique clinical obstacles interfere with treatment attendance, compliance, and disclosure of hoarding symptoms, distinguishing hoarding among other obsessive-compulsive symptoms.  It has been estimated that between one quarter and one third of obsessive-compulsive disordered individuals exhibit symptoms

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