Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
It is estimated that 2.2 million Americans suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is a condition characterized by obsessions (recurring, unwanted, and upsetting thoughts) and compulsions (behaviors that a person feels driven to do repeatedly in order to reduce the anxiety brought about by obsessions). Usually, not performing the compulsive behaviors causes the person great distress. Sometimes, the obsessive thoughts themselves cause suffering.
OCD takes many forms but here are some example obsessions and compulsions:
- Heightened contamination fears resulting in washing hands until they bleed
- Checking on things excessively (doors, candles, ovens) to make sure they are locked or off
- A need for symmetry or exactness in the arrangement of one’s house or office
- ‘Bad’ thoughts about perverse sexual acts or acts of aggression
- A need to perform actions a certain number of times
At Union Square Practice, we assess each client and recommend a treatment plan. However, we know that a specific type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy known as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is usually very effective. We can also offer medication or other therapy options if ERP isn’t for you.