New research is examining--and finding new ways--to get our brains moving in the right direction to avoid the ill-effects of many anxieties, including obsessive-compulsive disorder. ( Olivares/MIT)

Don’t fret, your anxieties can be dealt if you treat them right

Virtually everybody feels anxious or fearful about things, at least sometimes.

Anxiety can take many for an unwelcome ride, but reseachers are finding that medication does not have to be the answer. (iStock/

And guess what? You can do something about it…without medication.

Take obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Are you one of those persons who keeps checking to see if you locked the door or turned off the stove and the more you check, the more anxious you get?

Those are symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Traditionally, therapists treat anxiety disorders by urging their clients to face their fears.

Adam Radomsky is Professor of Psychology at Concordia University and Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.
(Courtesy: Adam Radomsky)

But Adam Radomsky, who–among other things–holds the research chair in anxiety and related disorders at Concordia University in Montreal, is taking a more direct route.

He hones in on participants’ beliefs about their memory.

A recent study he co-led found that when participants realized they were actually very good at remembering things, they stopped checking if that door was locked or that stove burners were off.

I recently had a wide-ranging conversation with Radomsky about anxieties in general and obsessive-compulsive disorder in particular.

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