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.

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