Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by a need to perform certain compulsions or rituals for no apparent reason. Although some of these behaviors are seemingly harmless, the compelling desire to perform some behaviors can endanger employment, family relationships, and quality of life. Often, the stress of needing to perform OCD-related rituals supersedes personal responsibilities. Although Obsessive Compulsive disorder presents very differently in every patient, examples of some of the types of problems an OCD sufferer could experience include:
- The need to repetitiously check something, such as answering machine messages or alarm clock settings.
- The need to organize things categorically or in orientation to right angles
- The need to consume only specific foods
- The need to avoid odd numbers
Did you know…
that obsessive compulsive disorder affects 1 in 100 U.S. adults each year? Of those, the National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 50 percent suffer from a severe form of the mental illness. Although OCD can affect anyone at nearly any age, it is most prevalent among adults between the ages of 18 and 44. The average age for the onset of OCD is 19.
Frequently Asked Questions
Could I need treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
If you notice that you have an overwhelming but unexplained need to complete certain tasks or experience life in a certain way, you may be suffering from OCD. Some types of OCD are so minor; they cause little interference – if any – in day to day life. But if your OCD symptoms are causing you severe anxiety, disrupting your quality of life, or interfering with your work and personal relationships, you should seek mental health counseling evaluation immediately.
What should I expect during Obsessive-Compulsive disorder treatment?
Your mental health therapist will speak with you and possibly conduct a series of tests to rule out the possibility of another mental illness. If you are diagnosed with OCD, you may find that cognitive-behavioral therapy is helpful in learning how to resist the urge to complete obsessive compulsions. Your mental health therapist also may refer you to a psychiatrist who may also prescribe medications to help make your OCD symptoms more manageable.
Will I need to make any lifestyle changes to facilitate my treatment?
There is little you can do to prevent or change an OCD diagnosis. Many people who suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive disorder have a genetic predisposition to the disease. However, it is possible that certain stimuli in your environment could be triggering your condition. Your psychiatrist may recommend making changes to your habits or environment in an effort to pinpoint potentially problematic factors.
How do I get started with mental health counseling?
Contact us and our receptionist will schedule you with one of our mental health therapists for an initial 50 minute appointment at one of our office locations or virtually through our HIPPA compliant telehealth system or over the telephone.
All of our mental health therapists are in network with United, BCBS and Aetna. For more information about your insurance benefits including number of mental health therapy counseling sessions your insurance will cover and co-pay amounts please fill out our insurance verification form and we will send you an email with your coverage information.
Self – Pay Rates
If you do not have insurance for mental health therapy we will give you a superbill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement
50 minute mental health counseling initial assessment ………………………….$200
50 minute mental health counseling follow-up sessions……………..$150