OCD

What is OCD?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder in which people are caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Not carrying out the obsessive ritual, or even thinking about not doing it causes the person a great amount of anxiety. People experiencing OCD are silently living in distress.

You may be experiencing intrusive thoughts but are unsure if you have OCD because you are not engaging in observable rituals such as checking doors and locks. This is a form of OCD often referred to as “Pure O”. The truth is, Pure O is OCD and I can show you how to break the patterns and get it under control.

It is not uncommon for people with OCD have another co occurring disorder.  People with OCD may also experience depression, panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), eating disorders, hair pulling, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) Codependency and features of perfectionism. Sometimes a client will seek me out to help with a completely separate issue before we uncover how OCD is contributing to the problem. Personally, 

It’s time to give me a call.

Because it takes several years for someone to be diagnosed or to seek help for OCD, you my have gotten really good at hiding your rituals from others or it has only recently started to affect your life or relationships.

I truly enjoy working with my OCD clients and I am constantly educating myself on the best ways to help. My clients find it refreshing to meet with someone who they can talk to about things they fear others will think are “crazy.” No matter what OCD is making you struggle with, there is help available. None of your thoughts or actions are crazy to me…I promise.

How is OCD treated?

While there is no “cure” for OCD, it can be treated with a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), both of which I use in my practice to get real results.

CBT helps you understand how your distorted thoughts affect your feelings and behaviors. It can help you understand why you do the things you do.

ERP exposes you to your fear, through an in vivo experience or a gradual, controlled exposure. ERP isn’t always comfortable, but a large part of OCD is feeling stuck in a feedback loop of fear, ERP helps you learn how to break that cycle.

You really can live a great life with OCD once you learn how to have control over your symptoms!

OCD can cause disturbing thoughts and fears about:

  • Violence 
  • Harming a loved one
  • Sex
  • Committing a sexual act that is illegal or immoral
  • Questioning your own sexuality
  • Religion
  • The meaning of life or your existence
  • Your RelationshipsGerms, dirt, contamination & infections
  • Germs, dirt, contamination or infection

OCD can manifest as:

  • Perfectionism 
  • Washing hands excessively
  • Repeatedly checking appliances or locks
  • Repeating a task over and over until it feels  “just right”
  • Intrusive thoughts
  • “What if” thinking
  • Seeking reassurance from self or others
  • Praying compulsively

OCD can disrupt your life:

  • Taking time away from work, school or loved ones
  • Unable to carry out normal responsibilities
  • Avoiding social interactions
  • Disrupting relationships
  • Feeling depressed
  • Excessive fear or worry

You can learn how to have control over OCD!

How to take the next step

Get started with therapy

 

Call me at 562-317-7807 or email me any time at alyseLMFT@gmail.com to set up a free 15 minute consultation to find out if I’m a good fit for your needs.

I return phone calls within 24 hours during the week and will answer emails as soon as possible. 

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“The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

~Rumi

To learn more about OCD or to get help near you
check out the International OCD Foundation at https://iocdf.org/