Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that is characterized by unwanted, unreasonable thoughts or feelings or urges that lead to compulsive behaviors. One example is an intense fear of germs or vomiting leading to washing hands so often that your hands turn red or bleed. A person suffering from OCD is so disturbed by their specific fear or obsession that they feel pushed to complete the compulsive behavior in order to lessen the stress. OCD becomes a vicious cycle, causing significant stress, embarrassment and can interfere with daily life.
Common signs of obsessive thoughts or symptoms include:
- Fear of germs, being contaminated or getting dirty
- Intense stress when items are not in order, in place or facing the same way
- Intense worry that you did not lock a door or did not turn off a stove
- Explicit and intrusive thoughts about sex, being aggressive, or violent
- Thoughts about yelling inappropriate words out loud or hurting someone
Common signs of compulsive symptoms include:
- Double checking doors, locks, stoves
- Counting in patterns
- Following the same routine over and over
- Sorting items so that they face the same way
- Asking family, friends or teachers for reassurance over and over
Effective Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD often begins in the teen or young adult years and gets progressively more severe over time. The more stress that you are under, the more severe your symptoms will be. Treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder can be effective. The goal of treatment is to get your symptoms under control and to help you learn how to manage the obsessive thoughts and the compulsive behaviors. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective ways to treat OCD in teens and in adults.
CBT Counseling Centers specializes in helping those suffering from OCD control their obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. We will work to truly understand the thoughts that are consuming you and help you develop strategies for combating these unwanted thoughts so that they do not lead you to complete the compulsive behaviors. One way to do this is by gradual, safe exposure to the trigger so that you can (over time) learn to respond differently to your trigger. Our therapists have experience using cognitive behavioral therapy as well as mediation to help our clients find the relief that they are looking for. If you or a loved one is struggling with OCD, call the team at CBT Counseling Centers today at 828-350-1177.