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.
How do I get started with mental health counseling?
Contact us and our reception intake team will schedule you for mental health therapy with a mental health therapist who specializes in OCD. If medication is needed, we offer medication management with licensed psychiatrists.