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…like the ones we see on TV. This is a form of OCD often referred to as “Pure O”. With Pure O the compulsion is the repetitive thought and the rituals exist with in your own mind in the form of mental checking or seeking reassurance from yourself. This is OCD.
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) 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.
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.
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!
- Harming a loved one
- Committing a sexual act that is illegal or immoral
- Questioning your own sexuality
- The meaning of life or your existence
- Your RelationshipsGerms, dirt, contamination & infections
- Germs, dirt, contamination or infection
- A need to be compulsively neat and organized
- Washing hands excessively
- Repeatedly checking appliances or locks
- Repeating a task over and over until it is just right
- Rigidity and the need for order
- Mental checking /seeking reassurance from self or others
- Taking time away from work, school or loved ones
- Unable to carry out normal responsibilities
- Avoiding social interactions
- Disrupting relationships
- Feeling depressed
- Excessive fear
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.
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