Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
It is estimated that 2.2 million Americans suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is a condition characterized by recurring or unwanted thoughts that drive a person to do something repeatedly and obsessively. Usually, not performing the obsessive actions causes the person great distress. Sometimes, the obsessive thoughts themselves cause suffering.
OCD takes many forms but here are some example behaviors:
- Unusual, restrictive rituals around eating or not eating food
- Heightened contamination fears resulting in washing hands until they bleed
- Rituals that must be performed to ensure personal safety
- Checking on things excessively (doors, candles, ovens) to make sure they are locked or off
- ‘Bad’ thoughts about perverse sexual acts or acts of aggression
At Union Square Practice, we analyze each client and recommend a treatment plan. However, with OCD, we have found 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.