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Expert Opinions

The following articles are written by mental health professionals and researchers who are experts in OCD and OC related disorders. We would like to thank Dr. Brad Riemann, Chair of the IOCDF's Clinical Advisory Committee for helping to coordinate and organize the information below.

These articles are about special topics related to OCD and OC related disorders. For more general information please visit our "About OCD" section.

Subtypes of OCD

Emotional Contamination: A Lesser Known Subtype of OCD
by Carol Hevia, Psy.D.

Homosexual Obsessions: How Do I Know I'm Not Really Gay?
by Fred Penzel, Ph.D.

Intrusive Thoughts: Parents Who Think About Harming Their Children
by Fred Penzel, Ph.D.

Perfectionism: Are You Sure it Pays Off?
by Jeff Szymanski, Ph.D.

Violent Obsessions: How I Treat OCD Killer Thoughts
by Fred Penzel, Ph.D.

OCD and Contamination
by Fred Penzel, Ph.D.

Sudden and Severe Onset OCD – Practical Advice for Practitioners and Parents
Compiled by Michael Jenike, MD and Susan Dailey


Co-Morbid Disorders

by Amitai Abramovitch, PhD, & Andrew Mittelman 

Asperger's and OCD
by Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D., ABBP, ABPP and Jill Henriksen, M.S.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Treatment
by Jennifer L. Greenberg, Psy.D. and Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Eating Disorders and OCD: Part of the Spectrum
by Fugen Neziroglu, Ph.D., ABBP, ABPP

Tourette Syndrome and OCD: Re-Examining the Relationship
by Charles S. Mansueto, Ph.D.

Medically-Related OCD

Postpartum OCD: Beyond the Blues
by Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Ph.D., ABPP

Treatment of OCD

by Bradley C. Riemann, PhD, & Rachel C. Leonard, PhD 

Deep Brain Stimulation for Highly Treatment-Resistant OCD
by Darin Dougherty, MD and Benjamin Greenberg, MD, Ph.D.

The Role of Fear Conditioning in OCD
by Paul R. Munford, Ph.D.

Self-Directed Treatment for OCD: The Irony of Doing the Opposite

by Paul R. Munford, Ph.D.

Relapse Prevention

by James Claiborn, PhD, ABPP

What is ACT?
by Michael Twohig, Ph.D.

Attention Retraining
by Sadia Najmi, Ph.D. and Nader Amir, Ph.D.

Glutamate and OCD
By Michael H. Bloch, MD, Vladimir Coric, MD, and Christopher Pittenger, MD, Ph.D.

Family Issues

Couples Therapy for OCD: When OCD Becomes a Family Affair
by Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Ph.D., ABPP

Help for Family Members
by Heidi J. Pollard, RN, MSN, and C. Alec Pollard, Ph.D.

How to Help the Hoarder in Your Life: Some Suggestions for Family and Friends
by Renae M. Reinardy, Psy.D., LP

Living With Someone Who Has OCD: Guidelines for Family Members
by Barbara Van Noppen, Ph.D. and Michele Pato, MD

Someone I Care About Is Not Dealing With His OCD: What Can I Do About It?
by Heidi J. Pollard, RN, MSN, and C. Alec Pollard, Ph.D.

What Can I Do to Help?
by Barbara Van Noppen, Ph.D.

Have we forgotten the children who have a parent with OCD?: Accommodation and early intervention
by Jennifer Jencks, LICSW and Barbara Van Noppen, PhD


How to Access and Understand YourMental Health Benefits and Obtain Referrals

by Sarah Allen Benton, LMHC, and Denise Egan Stack, LMHC

The Americans with Disabilities Act: The Law and Tips for Working People with OCD
by Marilynn Mika Spencer, a California licensed attorney

Topics for Mental Health Professionals

Measuring OC Symptoms: Common Tools and Techniques
by Eric A. Storch, Ph.D.