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OCD

OCD

Obsession Can Get In The Way of Experiencing Peace

Obsessive compulsive disorder is defined as uncontrollable recurring thoughts referred to as obsessions and or repetitive behaviors also referred to as compulsions. These behaviors often cause significant distress to the individual and can impair functioning in their day-to-day lives. 

People who are experiencing OCD can experience it in many different ways. The most common known compulsions are checking behaviors such as checking locks, doors, or if an oven is off. Other compulsions can include excessive counting, cleaning, arranging items, hand washing, repeating words repetitively. Another way that people experience OCD is through obsessions such as fear of germs, fear of loss of control on wanted reoccurring thoughts, thought loops, desire for symmetry. Oftentimes OCD is diagnosed along with another mood disorder such as anxiety. And due to this it can often be missed and left undiagnosed.

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Treatment for OCD is typically a combination of psychotherapy, CBT and ERP. ERP is Exposure Response Prevention therapy. ERP is a type of therapy where in a safe environment the client is exposed little by little to the trigger that causes the obsession. This type of therapy is only used when the client is ready.

Many clients at UMatter being treated for OCD did not originally come to therapy for their diagnosis of OCD but for a secondary diagnosis such as depression or anxiety. OCD can flare up during times of stress and their treatment of OCD began when dealing with stress in their life that brought these symptoms to the forefront. The symptoms then become overwhelming and become the main focus of therapy, and current goal for symptom management.

A person with OCD might repeatedly check things, such as ensuring the door is locked or the stove is off, even when they know they've already checked.

Rituals, such as touching objects in a particular sequence or repeating specific words or phrases, can be a part of daily routines for someone with OCD.

Hoarding, or the inability to discard useless or worn-out possessions, is often a symptom of OCD, leading to cluttered living spaces.

Individuals may experience intrusive and unwanted thoughts, often of a disturbing or violent nature, causing significant anxiety and avoidance of people.

Some with OCD may be plagued by a constant need for reassurance, seeking validation from others about their fears or behaviors.

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