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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is anxiety at its most intrusive.
You may struggle with keeping unwanted or disturbing thoughts
or images out of your head. You may feel forced to perform repetitive
routines (like checking, counting, or repeating phrases) in order to
feel “just right” or maybe to keep something bad from happening to
you or your loved ones. You become a prisoner of your own mind.
The presence of intrusive and unwanted thoughts,
impulses or images (obsessions) and repetitive
behaviors (compulsions) aimed at reducing
distress or preventing a dreaded event or situation.
The International OCD Foundation has identified Exposure Response Prevention
Therapy as having “the strongest evidence supporting its use in the treatment of
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.” With ERP, our therapists will help you through
experiencing the discomfort of intrusive thoughts and practicing refraining from
compulsive behaviors. With work, over time, the power of these thoughts lessens
and the frequency of their intrusion decreases.
You won’t be a prisoner any longer.
Available Programs for Obsessive Compulsive
At GPS Psychology & Anxiety Clinic, we offer several programs for OCD based on your needs:
Meet with a highly-skilled therapist trained in Exposure Response Prevention. We’ll
primarily meet in our office, but may also work with you in your home or wherever
your OCD is most prevalent.
The Adult OCD Group is open to anyone 18 or older struggling with Obsessive
Compulsive Disorder. Meet with others facing similar challenges, gain support from
your peers, and share your experiences.
Working with Parents
You are not alone and we can help. Our team has extensive experience working with
children and teens. But we believe working with parents is equally, if not more,
important. We educate parents on understanding anxiety and recognizing the
difference between anxiety and stress. We also help with identifying well-intentioned
behaviors that may be maintaining your child’s anxiety. Most importantly, we train
parents on active listening enhancement and using empathy to build stronger
problem-solving skills. Check out our Parenting Anxious Kids page to learn more.
One in 100 children suffer from Obsessive Compulsive
Disorder. As the parent of a child with OCD, you may
feel helpless, confused, and alarmed by your child’s behavior.
You may notice that your child does the following:
Gets upset when routines, such as bedtime, are changed
Wants you to say an exact phrase back to them,
such as “I love you”
Starts over when interrupted while doing a task
Performs movements that look like tics, but are done
on purpose (like blowing air into their hands)
Performs a series of body movements that are
nonsensical and can be controlled (like shoulder shrugs)
Must do a task a certain number of times or length
Avoids particular numbers (like evens or odds, certain
times on a clock, etc.)
Engages in repetitive reassurance-seeking behaviors
(asking questions such as, “Will everything be ok?”)