Do you experience thoughts, images, or urges that feel intrusive, unwanted, or out of your control?
Do you have thoughts that create fear, anxiety, or distress?
Do you have behaviors that feel like they help relieve the anxiety created by your thoughts?
Do you tend to seek reassurance from others around your fears or anxiety?
Obsessions are thoughts, images, or urges that feel outside of a person’s control and occur repeatedly, often contributing to feelings of distress. The thoughts can feel congruent or incongruent and often a person recognizes the thoughts as not making sense. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors to neutralize or counteract an obsession, or actions to avoid a triggering situation. The behaviors can sometimes feel like a “security blanket” in that they provide temporary relief or increase a sense of safety from an obsessive thought. Compulsions can be time consuming and interfere in daily living.
There are many different categories of obsessions and compulsions.
Obsessions can include:
- Unwanted Sexual Thoughts
- Lose of Control
- Religious Obsessions (Scrupulosity)
- Illnesses / Disease
- Body Parts
- and other areas.
Compulsions can include:
- Washing and Cleaning
- Arranging and Symmetry
- Mental Compulsions
- Telling, Confessing, Seeking Reassurance
OCD can make it hard to engage in everyday living activities, work or school, and in relationships. Therapy can be effective in treating OCD when it includes exposure response prevention (ERP). ERP is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and is considered to be a top form of treatment for OCD. Often medication can also be helpful in OCD treatment.
In my practice, I utilize ERP for the treatment of OCD. I recognize that the idea of ERP can sometimes create some anxiety and I will make sure you are comfortable with the process before we begin. We will move at a pace that will be effective for you.