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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is anxiety at its most intrusive.You may struggle with keeping unwanted or disturbing thoughtsor images out of your head. You may feel forced to perform repetitive routines (like checking, counting, or repeating phrases) in order tofeel “just right” or maybe to keep something bad from happening toyou or your loved ones. You become a prisoner of your own mind.
Clinical Definition 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 CompulsiveDisorder
At GPS Psychology & Anxiety Clinic, we offer several programs for OCD based on your needs:Individual Therapy 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. Group Therapy 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.
Parent's CornerOne 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 changedWants you to say an exact phrase back to them, such as “I love you”Starts over when interrupted while doing a taskPerforms 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 of timeAvoids 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?”)