Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) involves having obsessive thinking patterns that can include unwanted thoughts, images or urges that cause anxiety or distress..
Individuals who have symptoms of OCD often have significant difficulty pushing away or ignoring these thoughts, and may also engage in specific behaviors in an attempt to reduce the anxiety caused by the thoughts.
Common signs, according to the Mayo Clinic, of OCD are:
- Intrusive thoughts
- Checking behaviors (i.e. checking the stove or door locks)
- The repeated cleaning of one or more items
- 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 some of the most effective treatments for OCD are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention therapy, 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 for you.