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Washing your hands may be a good way to avoid catching colds, but when it gets out of control hand-washing can become an unhealthy compulsion. In fact, obsessions leading to compulsive behaviors such as hoarding, hair-pulling, checking and re-checking door locks or stove-top controls are common and debilitating.
Fortunately, obsessive-compulsive disorder can be treated successfully. Although medications can help, there are other strategies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, for overcoming OCD. Learn how to let go of worries and obsessions and master compulsions from one of the country’s leading experts in this field.
Guest: Reid Wilson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC. He is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is author of Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks, now in its third edition and Facing Panic: Self-Help for People with Panic Attacks, is co-author, with Dr. Edna Foa, of Stop Obsessing! How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions and is co-author of Achieving Comfortable Flight, a self-help package for the fearful flier. Dr. Wilson’s free self-help site for those suffering from anxiety: www.anxieties.com
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