Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Symptoms and Treatment

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
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A Maryland-based psychologist with more than three decades of experience, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., assists couples, children, families, and groups by way of his private practice in Rockville. Over the course of his career, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., has helped patients work through a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, and identity issues. He also invested much work with people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD).

As the name suggests, OCD is a disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Although many people will experience overly focused thoughts and deal with repetitive behaviors from time to time, this does not mean that they have OCD. Those who do have the disorder encounter obsessions and compulsions so extreme that they alter their daily lives and suffer distressing feelings such as fear, doubt, disgust, and anxiety.

While obsessions and compulsions usually go hand-in-hand, it’s important to note that people with OCD may experience only obsessive symptoms or only compulsive symptoms. Common obsessions among those with the disorder include unwanted or extreme sexual or religious thoughts as well as fears of contamination, imperfection, losing control, or harming others. In many cases, these obsessions lead to compulsive behaviors such as constant cleaning, repetitive talk or actions, continuous ordering and arranging, and persistent checking.

Symptoms of OCD typically manifest fully for the first time in adolescence or early adulthood, but many with the disorder begin to experience symptoms in childhood. Typical treatment may include a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy. OCD patients often have other co-existing conditions that also require treatment.

A Brief Overview of Viktor Frankl’s Life and Work

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Viktor Frankl
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With a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Uzi Ben-Ami has served as a licensed psychologist in Maryland for more than 30 years. Outside of his Rockville, Maryland-based practice, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., spends his free time traveling, listening to classical music, and reading. He particularly enjoys the work of Viktor Frankl.

An Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl survived the Holocaust after spending more than three years in concentration camps, during World War II. Following the war, Frankl continued his work in neurology, and psychology – much of which was related to his Holocaust experiences. he worked from 1946-70, as the director of the Vienna Neurological Policlinic. During that time, he also served as a visiting professor at several American universities, including Harvard.

A prolific writer throughout his lifetime, Frankl authored 40 books that now appear in nearly 50 languages. Much of his written work focuses on logotherapy and existential analysis, a form of psychotherapy he developed which emphasizes the role of a sense of meaning and purpose in life. One of Frankl’s last books, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, was named one of the 10 most influential books in America. Frankl is also listed with Freud and Adler as one of the most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century. Since his death in 1997, dozens of authors have published books about his life and work.

The Papers – Spielberg’s Newest Film

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Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., applies more than 30 years of experience to his private psychology practice in Rockville, Maryland. As a trained cognitive behaviorist, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., works with individuals, couples, and families. Aside from his professional responsibilities, Dr. Ben-Ami’s hobbies include reading, photography, and watching movies, particularly films directed by Steven Spielberg.

The Papers, a new movie directed by Steven Spielberg, recently began production in New York City. Starring Oscar-winning actors Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, the film tells the story of the Pentagon Papers, which were released to the public in 1971.

As controversy swirled around the Vietnam War, the United States Department of Defense embarked on a study of the US political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. Included in the 47-volume study was evidence of four federal administrations’ misleading of the public regarding the US involvement in Vietnam’s struggle against communism. Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson were specifically mentioned.

Military analyst Daniel Ellsberg copied portions of the papers and gave them to the New York Times for publication. The US Department of Justice immediately obtained a temporary restraining order against the newspaper to prevent future publications in the interest of national security. The Washington Post and other national newspapers joined the New York Times in defense of the First Amendment.

Spielberg has assembled a stellar cast to bring this historic event to life on the big screen. Tom Hanks will play Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, and Meryl Streep will play the Post’s publisher Kay Graham. The film is set to be released in December 2017.