Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by the presence of distressing and intrusive thoughts, known as obsessions, and the urge to perform repetitive behaviors or rituals referred to as compulsions. These obsessions can take various forms, such as fears of contamination, doubts, or aggressive thoughts, while compulsions often manifest as repetitive actions like handwashing, checking, or counting. There are many categories of both obsessions and compulsions. Individuals with OCD often engage in these rituals as a way to alleviate the anxiety and distress caused by their obsessions, even though they recognize that these behaviors are excessive and irrational. OCD can significantly impact a person’s daily life, causing distress and interfering with their ability to function normally. It is a treatable condition, typically managed through a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure and response prevention, offering hope for those seeking relief from its debilitating symptoms. Dr. Dawn Dugan has received extensive training in the treatment and assessment of OCD. If this sounds like something you have experienced, please reach out and set up an appointment with All Spectrums Therapy.

Resources for OCD:

IOCDF

Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Beyond OCD