Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is characterized by recurring, unwanted thoughts, urges or images that cause intense distress and trigger compulsive behaviors.
OCD is a highly treatable but widely misunderstood mental health condition affecting over 2% of the population. Obsessions are uncontrollable thoughts, images or impulses that occur repeatedly and are often upsetting or disturbing. Compulsions are behaviors or mental acts driven by obsessions that attempt to neutralize or reduce distress. While everyone experiences obsessions or compulsions at some point in their lives, problems arise when thoughts, feelings, or behaviors impact daily functioning and prevent one from engaging in activities they value most.
Common Symptoms of OCD
- Frequent disturbing intrusive thoughts, feelings, ideas or sensations.
- Repeated behaviors that one feels compelled to engage in an attempt to reduce or manage anxiety symptoms.
- Obsessions and compulsions that cause emotional distress and/or impairment in functioning
Take the YBOCS Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Assessment
Our therapists are trained in supporting individuals through their process of understanding and coping with OCD.
Treatment for OCD
Light On Anxiety offers different treatment methods to help clients manage their OCD.
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for Ego-Dystonic Thoughts & Harm OCD
ERP therapy as an action-oriented treatment approach to OCD, intrusive or ego-dystonic thoughts, and other anxiety-related conditions.
Our ERP for OCD Treatment Group is a virtual group designed to help clients who have mild to moderate OCD symptoms move through doubt and uncertainty.
Intensive treatment service offering can range 2 – 5 individual sessions per week. Therapy will be provided by a team of therapists that work together to help you get back to your life as soon as possible.
All Light On Anxiety therapists are Certified in CBT for Anxiety and OCD.
Our therapists strive to make the process of moving past anxiety and related disorders as effective, efficient, practical and believe it or not FUN as possible.
Learning more about OCD
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