About OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

It is a common experience to feel the need to double-check things. Sometimes we need to just be sure the stove is turned off or the front door is locked before leaving the house.

For people in need of OCD help, however, these kinds of thoughts or worries are far more severe and are often debilitating.

The intrusive, persistent thoughts (obsessions) that are experienced often cause repetitive behaviors or rituals (compulsions), which are utilized to try to control the obsessions.

However, both the obsessions and compulsions often feel uncontrollable. The rituals and the compulsive behaviors, while intended to bring relief, actually facilitate further distress and along with the obsessions, interfere with the person’s daily life.

Causes of OCD

Some research suggests that OCD is related to chemical imbalances in the brain. Genetics seems to play a crucial role as family history often predisposes one to developing OCD at some point in their life. Environmental stress or losses sometimes initiate or exacerbate symptoms of OCD. Patterns of thinking and learning also affect the degree to which intrusive thoughts, fears and related repetitive behaviors become more fixed and rigid over time.

OCD Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of OCD often include:

  • Persistent, intrusive thoughts that cause significant distress such as the fear that something bad will happen, fear of hurting a loved one, or fears of dirt or germs.
  • Repetitive rituals such as washing hands, locking/unlocking doors, counting or saying the same thing again and again in attempt to relieve anxiety.
  • Meticulous attention to order and neatness.
  • The thoughts and fears feel uncontrollable.
  • Avoidance of things, people or places or that cause anxiety and anything related to these.
  • Behaviors or rituals do not provide pleasure even as they offer momentary relief from the obsessive thoughts.
OCD Treatment

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is typically treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants are often prescribed to treat OCD. For some, medication is less effective and psychotherapy is most helpful. People with OCD frequently benefit from OCD Treatment that facilitates increased toleration of distressing thoughts by helping them face the situations that create anxiety.

Therapy for OCD

Psychotherapy is a crucial component of OCD Treatment that addresses distressing thoughts and fears in order to help people gain a greater sense of control to more effectively manage their anxiety. The cycle of obsessions and compulsive behaviors or rituals is often difficult to break. OCD Treatment, however, provides skill development and coping strategies to reduce symptoms and improve relationships and other areas of one’s life that may be impacted by OCD.

How do I get started?

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a few of the symptoms described above, OCD Treatment should be considered. This includes an initial evaluation and a treatment plan tailored to your goals. If you have questions and would like a free 10-minute consultation, call or email today. We look forward to the opportunity to provide you the quality of care you deserve.

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