Do You Have OCD?

Having trouble getting a thought or a song out of your head?  Losing sleep over a comment you made to a person at work?  Feeling like you just have to get the house clean so you can feel better?  Can’t stand it when your veggies on the dinner plate touch each other?  Have you ever […]

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"Pronoia": Living in a User-Friendly World

We all know what “paranoia” is…professionally, it refers to a disorder of the mind involving delusions, usually persecutory in nature.  In general use, we use the word to describe someone who is suspicious that the world is conspiring to hurt them.  Less known is the term “pronoia,” which is, in essence, the opposite of paranoia.  […]

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 Chronic Clutter Syndrome

There may be a new “disorder” on the horizon.  Now just a silent accomplice to other disorders like depression, anxiety, and sleep deprivation, this growing problem may soon warrant its own title and code number in the diagnostic dictionary.  Perhaps it will be called something like “Clinical Clutter Disorder” or “Chronic Disorganization Syndrome”.  Although these […]

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 Psychology of Clutter

My last column on the psychology of clutter resulted in more reader response then any column topic I’ve covered in the past.  Readers have called my office, sent me e-mail, and even stopped me in the grocery store to say how much they agreed with my commentary on how clutter has begun to burden our […]

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