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Resources Tagged With: obsessive-compulsive disorder

Parenting a Neurodivergent Child Is Hard! Self-Compassion Is the Antidote to Stress and Pain

Parenting a neurodivergent child can be exhausting. The stress, the worry, the ongoing lists of extra things to monitor and manage can seem endless. Often it feels like there’s no spare moment to do anything other than be on constant guard for what is coming or might be coming. Read more ›

Coronavirus: The Possible Long-Term Mental Health Impacts

Covid-19 has increased anxiety for many of us, and experts warn a sizable minority could be left with mental health problems that outlast the pandemic. Read more ›

Interactive Comic Explains OCD in Kid-Friendly Terms [video]

This interactive comic from Medikidz tells the story of Tia, a ten-year-old girl with OCD. Click through the comic to follow Tia as she learns what OCD is, why she isn’t alone, and how treatment can help her to manage her thoughts. Read more ›

Beyond Worry: How Psychologists Help with Anxiety Disorders

Everyone worries or feels nervous from time to time. Anxiety is a normal human reaction to stressful situations. But for people with anxiety disorders, those fears and worries aren’t temporary. Their anxiety persists, and can even get worse over time. Read more ›


What Are PANS and PANDAS?

PANDAS 589PANS is a clinical diagnosis given to children who have a dramatic – almost overnight – onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and/or eating disorder. Children may become moody, irritable and anxious and have difficulty with schoolwork. Read more ›

PANDAS—Questions and Answers [downloadable]

What is PANDAS?

PANDAS is short for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. A child may be diagnosed with PANDAS when:

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), tic disorder, or both suddenly appear following a streptococcal (strep) infection, such as strep throat or scarlet fever.
  • The symptoms of OCD or tic symptoms suddenly become worse following a strep infection.

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American Psychiatric Association [web resource]

americanpsychiatricassoc363The American Psychiatric Association is primarily a professional organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. Read more ›

Anxiety.org [web resource]

anxietyorg183Hundreds of millions of people worldwide have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or related mood or mental health issue.  The majority of those diagnosed or struggling with an anxiety disorder don’t receive treatment or have access to the information, treatment, or tools they need during their journey to recovery. Read more ›