One in 40 adults and one out of every 100 children in the United States have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Symptoms include extreme cleaning or arranging everyday items in a particular pattern. If your tendencies or compulsions have you feeling out of control, schedule an assessment with Thriving Center of Psychology in Midtown, New York, NY, SoHo, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and Miami, FL. Go online or call the offices directly to speak with a team member.
OCD Q & A
What are the symptoms of OCD?
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic condition that manifests itself in recurrent compulsions (behaviors) and obsessions (thoughts) that continually disrupt work functioning, relationships, pastimes, and day-to-day life.
People with OCD typically experience repeated obsessions or thoughts, such as:
- Excessive fear of germs
- Unwelcome thoughts of taboo issues like religion or sex
- Strong desires to keep things in perfect order
- Aggressive or angry thoughts about others or yourself
OCD also leads to compulsions or behaviors that strongly compel you to do something like:
- Checking on things repeatedly, like making sure you turned off a light
- Compulsive counting
- Excessive hand washing, cleaning, or bathing
- Often reorganizing or reordering things
Everyone has the occasional compulsion or obsession. But with OCD, these characteristics become so intense you seem to have no control over your thoughts or actions.
Why do I have OCD?
Most people with OCD get diagnosed by age 19. But many sufferers go years without understanding their condition or getting the proper help. OCD can have causes directly or indirectly related to:
- Genetics or family history of OCD
- History of sexual or physical abuse
- Experience with trauma during childhood
- Problems with brain functioning
Mental health care is essential to treating OCD, regardless of what caused your condition or how often you experience the symptoms. Taking the first step by contacting Thriving Center of Psychology can help you manage your OCD and improve your quality of life.
Can I get treatment for OCD?
There are numerous OCD treatment options, and they usually involve a combination of appropriate therapies that your therapist can recommend. Your OCD treatment strategy from Thriving Center of Psychology may include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Group therapy
- Neurofeedback (electroencephalographic or EEG biofeedback)
- Online video TeleTherapy
- Psychotherapy (talk therapy)
No matter how complex or seemingly straightforward your OCD is, the experienced and compassionate professionals at Thriving Center of Psychology can help you live your best life and manage your OCD.
Schedule your OCD evaluation at Thriving Center of Psychology today through the website or call the offices to talk to a team member. You can meet with a mental health provider via video TeleHealth or in person.