It Matters How We Talk About OCD: The Importance of Using Language of Agency

OCD isn’t random or illogical.  It is a comprehensible, logical strategy (avoidance and compulsion) aimed at preventing the Core Fear.  Recovering from OCD requires recognizing that you are employing a strategy that doesn’t work, and learning that you have the ability to make different choices that lead to feeling better. Put another way, recovering from OCD […]

Rethinking the Process and Treatment of Compulsive Rumination

The below is the first article I wrote on this topic a few years ago. These ideas have evolved significantly since that time.  Rumination-Focused ERP: Turning Exposure On Its Head and Targets and Rationales for RF-ERP Exposures offer the most current version of my approach to exposure. I believe that the issue of compulsive thinking, or […]

Why Rumination is a Continuous Loop

Please note that the below is an older article that requires significant revision in light of how my definition and conceptualization of compulsive rumination have evolved over the past few years. I do not think this article presents a complete, or completely accurate, description of compulsive rumination. Nonetheless, I have chosen to keep it posted […]

Exposure Is About Learning, Not Habituation

Please note that this is an older article. Thinking about exposure in terms of learning was a conceptual stepping stone between thinking in terms of habituation (the classical model) and thinking in terms of restoring agency (my current model). Rumination-Focused ERP: Turning Exposure On Its Head and Targets and Rationales for RF-ERP Exposures offer the most […]

Using Imaginal Exposure When Practicing ERP from the Perspective of Learning

Please note that this is an older article. Thinking about exposure in terms of learning was a conceptual stepping stone between thinking in terms of habituation (the classical model) and thinking in terms of restoring agency (my current model). Rumination-Focused ERP: Turning Exposure On Its Head and Targets and Rationales for RF-ERP Exposures offer the most current version of my […]