Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterized by intrusive, fearful thoughts and/ or repetitive behaviors which produce anxiety. Symptoms can isolate individuals, leading to compulsions which are time consuming and create severe emotional, relational, and economical loss.
Trichotillomania is a compulsive urge to pull one's hair, resulting in noticeable hair loss. Individual's with this disorder characteristically experience a tension before pulling and a relief or gratification after pulling, although this is not always true for everyone. The term "Trichotillomaina" is misleading and incorrectly implies that mania is part of the disorder. There is a growing movement to change the name of this diagnosis to Hair Pulling Disorder.
Although everyone engages in skin picking in some form or another from time to time, individuals with Skin Picking Disorder have greater difficulty in moderating this behavior. Counseling can be an effective therapeutic intervention to allow the development of greater awareness and positive coping strategies.
Anxiety can be useful when it alerts us to danger but for some, severe anxiety interferes with daily activities of living. Traumatic events can trigger anxiety disorders in individuals who are genetically prone to anxiety. Social phobia may be a direct result from experiencing chronic anxiety.
Eating disorders are real, treatable medical illnesses with complex underlying psychological and biological causes. They frequently co-exist with other psychiatric disorders such as depression, substance abuse or anxiety disorders. Individuals with eating disorders may also suffer from a variety of physical complications, including heart conditions or kidney failure, which can be potentially life-threatening. It is important to know that help is available and recovery is possible.