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  • 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.

    Common signs of OCD are:

    • Repeated, unwanted thoughts that can range from mildly annoying to very disturbing.
    • Constant checking or counting
    • Excessive cleaning rituals
    • Constantly checking the stove or door locks
    • Fear of germs or being “contaminated”
    • Hoarding
    • Thoughts that you might be harmed
    • Thoughts that you might cause others harm

    If you or your child or teen has any of these symptoms, I encourage you to call me for an evaluation today. OCD is often overlooked in children and teens and can contribute to feelings of depression and isolation if left untreated. I have been treating OCD in adults, adolescents, and children for over 20 years, and have extensive experience with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy, the most effective treatment for OCD either alone or in combination with medication.