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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is characterized by thoughts, images, sensations or urges also known as obsessions that trigger heightened levels of anxiety, distress, discomfort and even disgust. Because these experiences can be so distressful individuals engage in compulsive behaviors, avoidance or rituals in an attempt to get rid of, or control their obsessions and the distress associated with them. This cycle of obsessions and compulsions is often very time consuming and debilitating, preventing the individual from living a full life.

Common symptoms of OCD include:

  • Fear of causing harm

  • Fear of being harmed

  • Fear of contamination

  • Experience of extreme disgust

  • Concern with body sensations

  • Need for symmetry or exactness

  • Intolerance for uncertainty

  • The repeated cleaning of inanimate objects

  • Excessive checking

  • Ritualistic counting

  • Avoidance of certain places, experiences or things

 

If one or more of the above symptoms are present for you, please know you don't have to suffer and treatment is available. We specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure and Response prevention which research shows it provides the best results for the treatment of OCD. Exposure therapy is tailored to meet your own individual needs and so we provide in office exposure, as well as outside of the office and home visits.

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