Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, involves obsessive thinking patterns that can include unwanted thoughts, images or urges that make a person feel anxious, distressed, or just plain wrong.
Individuals who have OCD often have significant difficulty pushing away or ignoring these thoughts, and instead often find themselves repeating compulsive behaviors as they try to get rid of the obsessive thoughts or urges. For the short term, these compulsions work to reduce the discomfort, but long term they find themselves stuck in a cycle they can’t get out of.
Common signs of OCD include:
- Intrusive thoughts
- Constant checking
- Repeated counting
- The repeated cleaning of one or more items
- Rereading books, erasing or retyping letters or words
- Fear of contamination
- Frequent reassurance seeking, which often takes the form of repeated questions
- Thoughts that you might be harmed
- Thoughts that you might cause others harm
If one or more of the above symptoms resonates with you, we encourage you to look into OCD therapy today. Research shows that the most effective treatments for OCD are Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and/or medication.
Polaris Family Behavioral Health, PLLC is committed to providing excellent treatment for OCD and related disorders. Together, we create a strategy that works explicitly for you and incorporates the use of evidence based practices. Contact us today for a free consultation.