For those persons suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), there are effective ways to get help. In fact, research has shown two treatments to be quite effective in reducing OCD symptoms: 1) Exposure and response prevention therapy (also known as ERP), and 2) psychotropic medication. Fluvoxamine (Luvox), sertraline (Zoloft), and fluoxetine (Prozac) are commonly prescribed types of OCD medication. These three medications all belong to the same class (SSRIs) [Read more…]
Psychotherapy is more effective today than it was 50 or even 25 years ago. Why? Because of research. In the United States, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies fund clinical trials of specific types of psychotherapy for various problems. One example of such a clinical psychotherapy trial can be seen in the work I have been involved with at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. We conducted [Read more…]
For several reasons, mindfulness and meditation have been the subject of more and more well executed scientific research over the past twenty years. Much of this research has investigated the effect of meditation on mood and on the brain’s ability to regulate emotion. Other research has investigated the capacity for meditation to [Read more…]
For those who have been diagnosed with cancer, coping with illness can bring unexpected and difficult challenges. Both the treatment for cancer and its aftermath sometimes involve emotional difficulties that can take patients and families by surprise. Some of the therapists at the Manhattan Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy specialize in working with cancer survivors. Dr. Greene, in particular, was involved in a multi-hospital research study investigating how cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help survivors of leukemia and lymphoma. The study concluded that CBT reduced posttraumatic anxiety and depression for these survivors.
Dr. Greene does ongoing research at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine on the psychological difficulties of cancer.
One rarely discussed symptom of OCD is an overwhelming need to confess “sins,” even when the transgressions are very slight. Typically this will arise in the context of a marriage or romantic relationship. At first, what is confessed may not seem so minor. However, if this problem is not addressed, the confessed acts often become quite trivial.
For example, let’s say that a man with OCD feels attracted to a co-worker. If he suffers from this form of OCD, he might feel very anxious, telling himself that he has to tell his girlfriend about this situation so as not to risk damage their relationship. If he does,