OCD Specialist

Everyone has their little idiosyncratic behaviors and odd habits. However, when these behaviors transform into the repetitive characteristics of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), it can become a problem. Fortunately for those who suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, help is available. Call or go online today to schedule your appointment with Michael John Arnold, LMHC, at Mental Health Counselor PLLC.

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by unrealistic fears and beliefs, often characterized as obsessions, that lead to repetitive and unnecessary behaviors, or compulsions. Someone suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder exhibits these habits so strongly that it can dramatically interfere with their daily activities and life.

These compulsions often center around an irrational or disproportionate belief. If the individual tries to just stop the behaviors, they may experience heightened anxiety and stress, leading to a heightened compulsion to engage in the behavior. However, professional help can serve to break this cycle.

What are the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

People dealing with OCD may experience compulsions due to a wide variety of reasons, such as a fear of germs or a need for things to be extremely orderly. Some common compulsive behaviors may include:

  • Repetitive hand washing
  • Double-checking or triple checking that the door is locked
  • Anxiety when things are out of order
  • Counting objects
  • Following a strict routine

Each person’s form of compulsive behavior will differ. You may experience unpleasant thoughts such as images of harming themselves or others or feel a need to act out or yell in unreasonable manners.

Symptoms often begin in the teen or early adulthood years and can vary in severity from mild to severe. Life stress can make the condition worse. At times, some people experience such extreme compulsions that they can severely impact their life. If you suspect that you or a loved one may be suffering from OCD, seek professional help.

How is obsessive-compulsive disorder treated?

Fortunately, there are effective treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder. At times, certain medications may be able to help reduce the obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. In addition, psychotherapy has shown to be an effective treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy.

Over time, therapy can help you develop healthier ways to deal with the compulsive urges. Michael has extensive experience helping his patients overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder, allowing them to reclaim their lives.

To learn more about obsessive-compulsive disorder and how you can get the relief that you seek, call or book online today to schedule an appointment.