How do I know if I have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Do you have repetitive, intrusive, distressing thoughts, or repetitive behaviors? Or does your child have repetitive, intrusive, distressing thoughts, or repetitive behaviors? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD can occur in adults or children. Many have heard of individuals with OCD who are excessively concerned with germs or contamination, and who wash their hands or clean excessively. However, OCD can present itself in many other ways.

OCD can present with excessive doubting and checking, or repeating actions. It may present with concerns about symmetrical touching, tapping, or rubbing. For others, there are intrusive ideas that may be horrifying or disgusting. Some people with OCD have preoccupying thoughts about what is right or wrong, or an excessive concern with pleasing God, or of selling souls to the devil. Sometimes OCD can be primarily obsessional when there are no observable rituals or behaviors; in these cases, there are repetitive thoughts that are mental rituals or compulsions.

Do you or a loved one spend excessive time engaged with unwanted thoughts and/or behaviors? Do these unwanted thoughts and/or behaviors interfere with functioning or getting through the day? Do these intrusive thoughts and/or repetitive behaviors result in significant distress? If the answer is yes, professional help may be useful and needed.

OCD can be treated by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with or without medication. CBT is an evidenced based treatment that can significantly help decrease symptoms of OCD. Most counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists have not received training in treating OCD with CBT. The Geffken Group has over 25 years of experience treating OCD with CBT. If you want help with CBT for yourself or a family member with OCD or an OCD related disorder, call the Geffken Group at (352) 377-1426.

Are You or a Family Member Troubled by Intrusive Distressing Thoughts or Repetitive Behaviors or Thoughts?

Help is available for individuals with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD affects children, adolescents and adults. Over the course of a lifetime, 2% of individuals are troubled by OCD. If you are spending excessive time with OCD, or it is interfering with your life, or causing you significant distress, it is recommended you consider professional help. OCD has a waxing and waning course and is not known to resolve without treatment. According to the World Health Organization, OCD is among the top 10 disabling conditions.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced based treatment that can significantly help decrease symptoms of OCD with or without medication. Most counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists have not been trained to treat OCD. For 25 years, I directed the CBT Clinic for OCD in Medical Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida Medical Center where he was an author on over 100 scientific publications in this area. Research conducted at the University showed that ~80% of child and adults with OCD treated with CBT showed a 50% or greater reduction in symptoms in an average of 14 sessions.

If you want help with CBT for yourself or a family member with OCD or an OCD related disorder, call the Geffken Group at (352) 377-1426.

Does Your Child Wet the Bed?

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Wetting the bed may lead to embarrassment, problems with self-esteem, avoiding sleepovers with friends, and other concerns, not to mention the frustration of having to change the sheets all the time. The good news is that help is available for children who wet the bed without medication. Most children have stopped wetting the bed by 5 years old. If your child is 5 years old and continues to have accidents at night, it is wise to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician to make sure there are no physical problems, which there usually aren’t. With each year of age, a little less than 20% of children stop having accidents on their own, but even those who do often experience a spontaneous remission of the bedwetting – in other words, the problem comes back. This means that most children do not stop having bedwetting accidents each year.

If you want to help your child stop wetting the bed without medication, there is a behavioral treatment that works for most children in just a few months, which is a short amount of time when looking at potentially years of bedwetting. It is more effective than waking up your child before going to bed, or restricting their drinking after supper; neither of those strategies help your child to recognize their bladder cues, or the feeling that they need to use the toilet. The moisture alarm, which is also known as the urine alarm or the bedbuzzer, is an alarm that rings to awaken you and your child when your child has an accident. For most children after 2-3 months or 20-30 times of the alarm sounding, they learn to either wake up to use the toilet, or to hold their urine until they awaken in the morning, meaning no more accidents.

If this sounds like your child and you want a treatment for bedwetting that does not involve medication, call the Geffken Group at (352) 377-1426 and we’ll be happy to help.

Welcome to the Geffken Group!

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Thank you for your interest in the Geffken Group, a private practice mental health clinic located in Gainesville, Florida. We have been serving the Gainesville community, along with Alachua County and the surrounding area since 2016. The Geffken Group provides a variety of individual Mental Health services to children and adults, as well as family counseling, couples counseling, and other areas of need.

Seeing a professional for your mental health is often necessary or beneficial, just as you’d go to a doctor for your physical health. If you have a mental health, family, or relationship issue you feel you can’t overcome on your own, or if you just want to talk to somebody, our door is open.

Interested in an appointment? Give us a call at (352) 377 – 1426 or send us an email at geffkengroup@gmail.com and we’d be happy to set one up for you.

We accept some major insurance plans and applications to become in network insurance providers are currently pending with others. We offer a sliding scale for appointment fees not covered by insurance.