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Clinical Psychologist Steven J. Seay, Ph.D.

Dr. Steven Seay is a clinical psychologist who worked at the NeuroBehavioral Institute in Weston, Florida.

Welcome to my blog. My name is Steven J. Seay, Ph.d., and I am a licensed psychologist in Florida and Missouri. I am currently the Director of the Center for Psychological & Behavioral Science. Over the coming weeks and months, I plan to use this blog to offer a variety of useful resources for individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Because obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has always been an area of primary interest for me, I will begin by adding blog posts focusing primarily on OCD and other related conditions. These conditions include compulsive hoarding and trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling), as well as a variety of other conditions. I will discuss evidence-based treatments for these conditions, symptoms associated with these disorders, strategies for selecting a therapist, and a variety of other topics. If you are interested in learning more about a particular topic, please let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to accommodate your request.

For individuals experiencing symptoms of OCD and other related conditions, it is important to remember that not all therapies (or therapists!) are created equal. I cannot overstate this enough. Working with a therapist who has not been adequately trained to treat OCD or a related condition may, at best, cause you to make slower progress in decreasing your symptoms. At worst, an unqualified therapist may inadvertently cause your symptoms to get worse. This is because some of the standard techniques utilized in various psychotherapies (including cognitive behavioral therapy [CBT]) can actually serve as a subtle form of reassurance, which can exacerbate OCD. Make sure that when you’re beginning treatment, you seek out a clinician who is well-trained in exposure and response prevention (ERP), which is the form of CBT that is most likely to help you make rapid gains. If you are unfamiliar with CBT, ERP, and the like, don’t worry; I will discuss these topics in detail in subsequent posts.

Thank you for visiting. I hope you find this site useful and that it helps you in your recovery.

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  1. hello dr. steven
    i have ocd from past 3 and a half years and i came to khnow about it about 5 months a go and my medication was started 2 months ago. apparently my doctor told me tht all my fight and compulsion occurs in the head meaning tht i perform mental rituals . i spend weeks and months performing rituals eg i have so many thoughts at a single time and i fight it with a positive thougt and then maintain a balance between those thoughts and continue life according to some set beliefs . in the beginning i was too much tormented for 2 years so i developed a concept that thinking positive and staying appy is the best way to ignore all these thoughts and so i starting avoiding things to a very high extent my greatest fears are religious fears that i might be unthankfu to GOD or if i would kiss my kittle nephew then fi will have to do the same for my niece who does not live with me so i ignore my nephew but also play with him for a specific balance maintained in my mind Acoording to these concepts that i have set up i spend life with avoidence and stay happy and over optimistic all the time and would leave any task tht would bring unthankfulness in my mind. In addition to that in order to perform some task eg giving a test that i fear to give or going to college i have maintained false standards in my mind and spend all those months constantly reminding myself of some pleasure or fantasy that i performed ( eg seeing a drama full of hope and spending life with the positive attitude drawn from it )and spend too much energy over that task resulting in so much of tiredness that i seek peace in fantasy for some days or even months and ignore everyother thing around me . i am living a life in which relationships are ignored , studies , performance , hardwork and enjoyent all are ignored so that i dont face thoughts and so can stay happy but living like this is becoming difficult . and exhausting for me and i can not perform or even think of performing any tasks right now . Can u please help me through some advice and CBT thankyou

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