Obsessions cause people to have unwanted thoughts. Obsessions are ideas, images and impulses that run through the persons mind over and over again. Sometimes a person will have obsessive thoughts all the time and cannot stop them.
Some common obsessions are fear of dirt or germs, concern with order or symmetry, worry that a task has not been done well enough, thinking about certain sounds, words, images or numbers all the time, fear of harming someone.
Compulsions cause people to repeat certain behaviors over and over again. They feel nervous and afraid. They try to get rid of these feeling by performing certain behaviors called compulsions. Some common compulsions are constantly cleaning and grooming, checking locks and appliances to see if they are locked or turned off, arranging items in certain ways, counting to a certain number over and over, saving
newspapers, mail or containers when they are no longer needed.
We all have habits and routines in our daily lives, however, for people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), patterns of behavior get in the way of their daily life. Most people with obsessions and compulsions know that these behaviors make no sense, but they are unable to ignore or stop them.
Combining talk therapy with medication is usually considered the most effective way to treat OCD. Under the guidance of a trained therapist, behavioral therapy can be used to treat this disorder.
Together we will examine the nature of your dysfunction that is causing these behaviors and stress. We will process difficult emotions, reframe dysfunctional thoughts and behavior patterns. Don’t delay, make an appointment, and we’ll work together to improve your quality of life.