An estimated 1 in 40 adults and 1 in 100 children in the US have OCD.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic, long-lasting mental health disorder. It occurs when a person has unwanted, recurring thoughts, images, or urges (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) to attempt to decrease or get rid of the obsessions. This disorder prevents people from living a normal life, their thoughts and actions are beyond their control.
In some cases, the obsessions and compulsions are related. For example, obsessive fear of contamination and compulsive cleaning. In other cases, behaviors are motivated by a need or urge to have things feel or look “right”. Having a family history of OCD, stressful life events, or other mental health disorders may increase your risk for developing or triggering OCD.
Some common obsessions in OCD include contamination, losing control, harm, obsessions related to perfectionism, unwanted sexual thoughts, and religious obsessions.
Some common compulsions include washing and cleaning, checking, repeating, and mental compulsions.
Having an accurate, meaningful assessment can be reassuring and give a better understanding on how to move forward with treatment for your OCD. It is common to have a coexisting condition with OCD and it is important to identify all possible diagnoses to ensure a proper treatment plan. We will use multiple, specialized tests that will give you insight into your symptoms, written out clearly for you in your assessment report. The report will also include clear next steps to start you on your OCD treatment path.
Brain training (or neurofeedback) is a research proven way to help improve brain function. Neurofeedback is an all-natural approach that makes lasting changes at the source: your brain’s imbalanced brainwaves. We can use neurofeedback to train your brain back to a balanced environment depending on your personal brain map.
We offer psychotherapy and other forms of therapy to help you with your OCD. Our options include cognitive behavioral therapy, which can allow clients to build a supportive, caring relationship with one of our many psychologists. Together, you can learn to decrease your OCD symptoms and then hopefully work to stop the obsessions and compulsions that control your life.