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 often living in silent distress. 

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 how to best serve them. 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, but 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, either through an in vivo experience or a gradual, controlled exposure. ERP isn’t always easy, but a large part of OCD is feeling stuck in a feedback loop of fear and ERP can help break that cycle. 

You can live a great life with OCD if you’re able to find ways to manage your symptoms!

   OCD can cause repeated thoughts, images or urges:

  • A need to be compulsively neat and organized
  • Washing hands excessively
  • Checking appliances or locks
  • Counting
  • Repeating the same steps to complete a task
  • Unwanted forbidden or taboo thoughts involving sex, religion, and harm
  • Recurring unwanted or intrusive thoughts about your own sexuality

   OCD can cause excessive fears:

  • Germs, dirt, contamination
  • Intruders
  • Violence
  • Imagining hurting loved ones
  • Committing a sexual act
  • Behaving in a way that conflicts with religious beliefs

    OCD can disrupt your life:

  • Taking time away from work, school or loved ones
  • Unable to carry out normal responsibilities
  • Avoiding social interactions
  • Difficulties in relationships
  • Feeling depressed
  • Excessive fear
  • Questioning your relationship

OCD SUCKS!

Let me help you learn how to gain control over your OCD

How to take the next step

Get started with therapy

Call me for a free 15 minute phone consultation. During your consultation,  we will discuss your concerns, what it is you are seeking help for and explore how I can help. 

Call me today at 562-317-7807 or email me any time at alyseLMFT@gmail.com. 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