Coronavirus is a 'Personal Nightmare' for People with OCD and Anxiety Disorders For people with mental health conditions, COVID-19 is both their worst nightmare and sudden validation of their habits. Here are some highlights from the article by Tyler Kingkade.: "Uncertainty is the basis of all anxiety disorders, so in some ways, COVID-19 has set a [...]
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Coping with COVID-19, Part 2: Managing Anxiety in an Uncertain World The Special Siblings podcast focuses exclusively on supporting siblings of kids with disabilities and the unique issues they face. On this episode, Dr. Dustin Siegel shares tips for those of us feeling a little extra anxious as we face changing daily routines and uncertain futures. [...]
Hear Dr. Karen Cassiday address anxiety about the coronavirus on Channel 7 news. Dr. Cassiday reminds us to keep things in perspective and pay more attention to positive news. "Another thing to remind yourself is our country has been through much worse," says Dr. Cassiday. This post is for educational purposes only and not intended [...]
Some with OCD and other anxiety disorders are struggling amid the coronavirus epidemic. By Angie Leventis Lourgos for the Chicago Tribune Highlights from the article: “The thing that makes the coronavirus difficult for people with anxiety is the level of uncertainty,” [Dr. Cassiday] said. “We know that when there’s uncertainty, then people with anxiety [...]
Bustle: How to Respond to Nosy Questions from Family Dr. Karen Cassiday recently talked with Bustle's Emma McGowan about managing the sometimes invasive personal questions we are often asked by our nearest and dearest during the holidays. While the magnifying glass of our relatives' curiosity is strongest during these seasonal family parties, Dr. Cassiday's advice [...]
ADAA: Managing Holiday Stress for the Stressed By: Dr. Karen Cassiday "Let’s face it. The holidays can be stressful for anyone with all of the expectations for joy, gift-giving, and getting together with family, friends, and co-workers. When you are prone to worry, social anxiety, or depression, however, the pressure can feel doubled because you [...]
allure: Everything You Should Know About OCD Christina Maxwell, MA, LCPC, LMHC, was recently quoted in an article on allure on understanding the basics of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). While OCD has become more familiar to many of us thanks to TV characters like Monica from Friends and the title character of the series Monk, [...]
1 Million Steps 4 OCD We’re excited to support the OCD Walk in Evanston's Centennial Park on June 6! This post is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose mental health issues or serve as a treatment plan. It is for the general public and not directed at any one person.
Sports Psychology in Childbirth By: Stephanie Kuhn, MA, LPC The palms of my hands are sweaty, so I continually wipe them on my leotard and the floor, hoping to dry them before my event begins. My heart is beating out of my chest like I am about to jump out of an airplane. I can [...]
Breathe New Life Into Your Gratitude Journal By Dr. Rahan Ali, Ph.D. You’ve probably heard about gratitude journaling and the many benefits that “counting your blessings” can have on your relationships, mental health, sleep, etc. Two of the biggest challenges with keeping a gratitude journal are thinking of what to write about and preventing the [...]