Treatment Of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Treatment Of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, involves having obsessive thinking patterns that can include unwanted thoughts, images or urges that make a person feel anxious or distressed.

Individuals who have OCD often have significant difficulty ignoring these thoughts.  Their “sticky brains” often keep various thoughts from passing through. Thus, they may use compulsive behaviors as an attempt to reverse or “get rid of” the obsessive thoughts or urges, typically by performing some sort of action, whether mental or overt.

Common signs of OCD are:

  • Intrusive thoughts or images
  • Repeated checking, such as of the stove or door locks, or to see if you made a mistake
  • Constant counting or other mental actions, such as praying or repeating words
  • Repeated cleaning or washing
  • Frequently asking for reassurance
  • Fears of contamination
  • Thoughts that you might be harmed
  • Thoughts that you might harm others

If one or more of the above symptoms resonates with you, I encourage you to look into therapy for OCD. Research shows that the most effective treatments for OCD are forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and medication. EMDR therapy can also be used effectively to treat OCD.