Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD is a disorder that involves obsessions and compulsions that interfere with one's day-to-day activities and causes distress. Obsessions are unwanted intrusive thoughts, impulses, or images. Some common obsessions are: harm to self or others, unwanted sexual thoughts, obsessions with religious themes, overwhelming disgust, and fears of becoming ill. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or thoughts that a person uses in an attempt to relieve their anxiety or discomfort. Some common compulsions are: checking, seeking reassurance, repeating activities or body movements, mental rituals, and avoidance.
INDIVIDUAL TREATMENT- I utilize a forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which research has shown to be very beneficial for many patient. I approach treatment as a partnership between myself and the patient. While I may be the expert on OCD, you are the expert on you and no two people with OCD are alike.
Click here to visit the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation and learn more about OCD.
Click here to learn more about my approach to treatment on the OCD Stories podcast.