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.