Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, involves having obsessive thinking patterns that can include unwanted thoughts, images, or urges that make a person feel anxious or distressed.
Individuals who have OCD often have significant difficulty pushing away or ignoring these thoughts. Those with OCD also have compulsive behaviors which are an attempt to reverse the obsessive thoughts or urges by performing some sort of action.
These are just the symptoms – on top of that people with OCD experience significant shame & self-judgment over their thoughts & compulsions.
The biggest breakthrough for clients is psychosocial education. Normalizing the “OCD brain” & helping the individual feel that these symptoms or thoughts do not define them. I can sense the relief melting off my clients as they understand that there is nothing “wrong” with them, instead, they simply have a “hyperactive amygdala” like the best of them!
Common signs, according to the Mayo Clinic, of OCD are:
- Intrusive thoughts
- Constant checking
- Constant counting
- The repeated cleaning of one or more items
- Constantly checking the stove or door locks
- Fear of contamination
- Thoughts that you might be harmed
- Thoughts that you might cause others harm
If one or more of the above symptoms resonates with you, I encourage you to look into OCD therapy today. Research shows that the most effective treatments for OCD are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure & Response Therapy (ERT), and/or medication.
As a licensed mental health professional, I have extensive training in helping patients overcome and grow from their OCD. And together, we’ll create a strategy that works explicitly for you. Contact me today for a free consultation.