Rethinking the Unthinkable

by┬áSteven Phillipson, Ph.D.Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy   The following article was originally published in the OCD Newsletter in 1991. Back then, behaviorists were still telling people with the Pure-O form of OCD (where the sufferer experiences obsessions only), that they hoped medication would be of some benefit. To their knowledge, there were no known methods … Continue reading

Thinking the Unthinkable

As I conceptualize Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, the tree of the overall syndrome has three main branches: the “obsessive-compulsive,” the “responsibility O-C,” and the focus of this paper, the purely obsessional thinker “Pure-O” (Baer, 1994). With this branch, the anxiety emerges in response to an unwanted thought or question, which in the future will be referred to … Continue reading

When Seeing Is Not Believing: A Cognitive Therapeutic Differentiation Between Conceptualizing And Managing OCD A Prelude To Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques For The Treatment Of OCD

by Steven Phillipson, Ph.D. The following is a basic description of a traditional Behavioral approach toward the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The author will attempt to explain how cognitive mechanisms (i.e., style of thinking) and time tested behavioral techniques (i.e., exposure and response prevention), can augment treatment strategies available for OCD. The paper will … Continue reading