Lindsay McGovern, LCSW

Coping with Postpartum OCD: How ERP Can Help

Welcoming a new baby into the world is both exciting and challenging. However, for some new parents, the postpartum period can also bring unexpected anxiety and distressing intrusive thoughts. This experience, known as postpartum OCD, can be overwhelming and isolating. Postpartum OCD is a specific subtype of OCD that affects new parents, typically within the […]

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The Importance of Self-Compassion in the Treatment of OCD

There are many outcomes to practicing self-compassion that we can all reap the  benefits from including decreased feelings of anxiety and depression. However, I  have specifically found that starting a self-compassion practice is a vital part of the  OCD treatment process. Practicing self-compassion can help people with OCD  better manage their feelings of guilt and

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Understanding Mental Compulsions in OCD

What is the difference between an automatic intrusive thought and the act of thinking? Understanding the difference is a key part in understanding the treatment of OCD. What many people consider “obsessing” is actually a compulsion called rumination.  An automatic intrusive thought is something you don’t have control over. All humans have automatic thoughts. For

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Reassurance-Seeking as a Compulsion in OCD

Reassurance-seeking differs from information-seeking as it is a compulsion that will keep you stuck in the OCD loop. Reassurance-seeking is done with the intention to lessen your anxiety/distress and to seek a specific answer that will provide you reassurance of what you fear. When you want reassurance, you repeatedly ask questions that are often unanswerable,

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Do You Have Tendencies Toward Over-Responsibility?

When you are acting responsibly you are taking ownership, getting things done, and living up to your word. It can be challenging to understand the distinction between being a responsible person vs. being over-responsible. Many individuals find people who are highly responsible as more empathetic and kind, which can reinforce one’s tendency towards over-responsibility. When

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