Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) typically involves uncontrollable, intrusive, or "obsessive" thoughts. These are thoughts that cause anxiety or fear which the individual usually attempts to eliminate with ritualistic or compulsive behavior. Instead of eliminating the anxiety, this maladaptive ritual sets into motion a self-perpetuating cycle. While obsessions and compulsions often go together, both are not necessary for a diagnosis. Many individuals may experience a small degree of obsessive or compulsive behavior in their day to day life. When these thoughts or behaviors become so time consuming that they impact ones ability to function in everyday life, treatment is necessary. According to the National Institute of Mental Health 2.3% of the U.S. population will develop OCD at some point in their life.
Treatment We Provide
We can diagnose OCD during an initial evaluation and prescribe medication if appropriate. Please see our services & pricing page for more information on our evaluation.
References: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved March 2023, from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd