Fall semester topics

Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors (OCD)

OCD is a disorder that has a neurobiological basis. It interferes with how the brain functions, and its effects can actually be seen on brain scans. With OCD, a person has two specific symptoms: Obsessions — disturbing, recurring thoughts, fears, doubts or urges that won't go away. It's as if your brain got stuck in the "worry" position and can't restart. Compulsions — repetitive actions, or “rituals,” that you feel compelled to do to feel better. These actions can be done overtly, like washing your hands, or covertly, like saying mental prayers. Unfortunately, you feel better only temporarily. The more you perform the compulsions, the stronger and more frequent the obsessions become.
Learn more about OCD here

  • Overcoming OCD —The College Student’s Guide
  • OCD and College Accommodations
  • Recommended books

    Christine Purdon: Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts: How to Gain Control of Your OCD. 2005.
    Terry Matlen: The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done. 2015. (audio book)
    Rachel Macy Stafford: Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! 2014.

    Additional web resources

    Intersting approach to understanding OCD via animals