A Look At OCD
Everyone has had that feeling. You are halfway to work, and have the mini panic attack that comes with the sensation that you think you forgot to lock the door. Turning around to check your lock once is pretty normal, but if you feel the need to repeatedly triple or quadruple check things, you may be struggling with a disorder. You are not alone; about 2.2 million American adults are living with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
OCD is characterized by regular thoughts and rituals by which you feel compelled to perform behaviors that create significant distress at work, school, or home. These thoughts or rituals are called obsessions. Do you notice that you have an overwhelming feeling that you need to do certain things or think certain thoughts? If you are struggling to control your thoughts and actions, you may have OCD. With this disorder, you likely feel hung up on a fear of germs or dangers, hurting your loved ones, or other problems and feel forced to perform the same rituals over and over (e.g. counting steps, washing hands). If you feel you cannot control your thoughts or behaviors, do not be afraid to seek help.
The most common treatment options for OCD are psychotherapy and medication. Cognitive behavior therapy, which can teach you to think about things in a new and less-compelled way, is a type of psychotherapy that has been shown to be very effective with OCD. Medication can help, but bear in mind that there are often side effects with the anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications today’s doctors use to treat OCD.
Do you think you or someone you love may have OCD? Do not wait to contact the Community Presbyterian Counseling Center. We have deep insider insight into living with this disorder, and can help you lead your healthiest, happiest life. To get the guidance you need to cope with OCD, get in touch with our dedicated team in San Ramon, California.