Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, has been called the doubting disease. The obsessive thinking of OCD is often an attempt to resolve doubts or relieve feelings of fear or guilt. To manage distress, people with OCD engage in compulsions that can be mental or physical. While these actions may provide relief in the early stages of OCD, over time they cause more doubt and take more and more time from what the person values most.
People suffering with OCD may have:
- Intrusive thoughts inconsistent with values
- Sexual Orientation OCD
- Intrusive thoughts of harming others
- Scrupulosity, fear of sin or displeasing God
- Relationship OCD
- Checking & re-checking
- Continuing an action until it feels ‘just right’
- Fear of contamination causing harm to self or others
- Fears of causing harm to self or others
OCD affects approximately 2% of the population and about 40% of my practice. Specialized training and experience with evidence-based treatments for OCD have increased my understanding and effectiveness in this area. I hope you will contact me today for a consultation for yourself or your child.