Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by persistent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) that an individual feels compelled to perform. These obsessions and compulsions can interfere significantly with daily life, causing distress and anxiety.


It's important to note that the compulsive behaviors provide only temporary relief, and the cycle of obsessions and compulsions often continues. OCD can significantly impact a person's daily functioning, relationships, and overall quality of life.


OCD can look like:

-Worrying about contamination

-Obsessively checking locks, appliances or safety measures to prevent harm

-Needing things to be symmetrical, balanced or in a specific order

-Unwanted, distressing thoughts about violence, harm, or taboo subjects

-A sense that something needs to feel “just right”

-Fear of causing harm to others


It's important to note that individuals with OCD may experience a combination of these subtypes, and the severity of symptoms can vary. Additionally, these categories are not exhaustive, and the specific content of obsessions and compulsions can be diverse. A comprehensive assessment by one of our mental health professionals is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment planning.


Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that is highly effective in the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). ERP involves exposing individuals to situations or thoughts that trigger their obsessive fears and preventing the accompanying compulsive rituals or avoidance behaviors. The goal is to help individuals confront and manage their anxiety without engaging in the usual compulsions.


ERP is considered the most evidence-based and effective treatment for OCD. It helps individuals break the cycle of obsessions and compulsions, leading to a reduction in anxiety and improvement in overall functioning. It is typically delivered by trained mental health professionals, and individualized treatment plans are developed based on the specific needs of each person with OCD.


If you feel you relate to any of these symptoms and can benefit from treatment, request an appointment today to get started. We will compassionately listen to your needs and answer any questions you may have about the process. Relief is within reach.