Postpartum OCD: the anxiety disorder that can plague parents after their baby’s birth.

TW: Describes thoughts of infant harm/abuse We’ve talked about OCD plenty of times but it’s worth talking more about OCD in the special population of new parents: Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (Postpartum OCD). Postpartum refers to the period after childbirth. This is an incredibly stressful period for new parents, and dealing with symptoms of OCD canContinue reading “Postpartum OCD: the anxiety disorder that can plague parents after their baby’s birth.”

9 Tips to make parenting easier if you have ADHD

There is a lot of advice out there for parenting a child with ADHD. But what do you do when you, the parent, have ADHD? Parenting is hard enough. When you add ADHD to the mix, everything gets more challenging. Organization, scheduling, time management, stress management, and more are all aspects of parenting that canContinue reading “9 Tips to make parenting easier if you have ADHD”

Delusional Disorder and 7 common types of delusions

Delusional Disorder is a rare diagnosis, affecting only 0.02% of the population. This disorder typically starts in late adolescence or early adulthood. When people hear the word, “delusion” they often think of schizophrenia. While people with schizophrenia often do have delusions, they also experience other symptoms like hallucinations and abnormal thinking patterns. In contrast, peopleContinue reading “Delusional Disorder and 7 common types of delusions”

6 Ways to tackle procrastination

We all procrastinate. Like most of us, I struggle with procrastination sometimes. But over the past two decades, I’ve gotten a much better hold on my procrastination. I’ve gone from failing assignments in high school (Easy ones. You know, the kind where the teacher looks at you incredulously like, “Seriously, you couldn’t just turn somethingContinue reading “6 Ways to tackle procrastination”

You’re Not Lazy.

I CONSTANTLY HEAR PEOPLE CALL THEMSELVES LAZY. They shamefully describe how lazy they’ve become, how they’ve always been plagued by laziness, or how many of their problems tie back to their supposed laziness. I tell them the same thing every time. You’re not lazy. There are so many other potential explanations for your behaviors that areContinue reading “You’re Not Lazy.”

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria: The link between ADHD and sensitivity to criticism.

By Dr. Melissa Shepard What is Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria?   Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD) refers to extreme sensitivity to perceived criticism or rejection.    RSD is not considered one of the diagnostic criteria for ADHD in the DSM-5. However, emotional dysregulation (a related term) is included as one of the six core features of ADHDContinue reading “Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria: The link between ADHD and sensitivity to criticism.”

6 lessons I’ve learned from social media (and use in my daily life)

By Dr. Melissa Shepard 1. Some people won’t like you, and that is okay.   I love the Dita Von Teese quote: “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” There are over 7.8 billion people in the world. Seven (almost eight) billionContinue reading “6 lessons I’ve learned from social media (and use in my daily life)”

Agoraphobia: What it is and how it’s treated.

By Dr. Melissa Shepard People with agoraphobia become anxious that they will have a panic attack (or other embarrassing or scary symptoms) somewhere they cannot leave or get help, or where doing so would be very difficult or embarrassing.   Agoraphobia is relatively rare, affecting about 1.7% of people each year. Most people develop agoraphobiaContinue reading “Agoraphobia: What it is and how it’s treated.”

9 Frequently Asked Questions About ADHD (and their Answers)

By Dr. Melissa Shepard Disclaimer: Please note that this is not medical advice but for educational purposes only. Only a trained professional who has completed a clinical evaluation can diagnose and treat ADHD and other mental health conditions.   Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most requested topics on my   socialContinue reading “9 Frequently Asked Questions About ADHD (and their Answers)”

Why people-pleasing is stalling your progress.

By Dr. Melissa Shepard I have (bizarrely) amassed a large social media following. And in doing so, I’ve been forced to confront my people-pleasing ways like never before.   Logically, I know that considering the number of people who see my work, not everyone can like it. But my heart has had so much troubleContinue reading “Why people-pleasing is stalling your progress.”