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OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)​

There are many reasons people choose online therapy over in-person therapy. Unfortunately, there has been a shortage of clinicians trained to use the “Golden Standard” of OCD treatment. This lack of resources resulted in people with OCD having many barriers preventing them from getting care. Driving long distances and taking time out of a busy schedule to seek in-person therapy can be a burden. Online counseling can offer many benefits for those with OCD and related disorders. It can provide privacy, which is important for people who feel ashamed of their symptoms. Whether you are a busy student, a working person, or do not live near a treatment center, you can still get help. My Counseling Concierge provides the space to meet with trained mental health experts in the comfort of your own home. You can also schedule your therapy sessions whenever it is easier for you.

 

Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): What Research Tells Us

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a prevalent and often misunderstood mental health condition. Backed by scientific research and clinical studies, we aim to provide a complete guide. This guide dives into OCD's nature, symptoms, and effective treatment methods.

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a chronic mental health condition. It is characterized by persistent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). According to the World Health Organization, OCD is one of the top 20 causes of illness-related disability for people aged 15-44.

Key Symptoms of OCD

  • ObsessionsThese are intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images, or urges that cause significant anxiety or distress.

    • Example: Fear of contamination, leading to avoiding touching door handles.

  • Compulsions: These are repetitive behaviors or mental acts performed to reduce the anxiety triggered by obsessions.

    • Example: Excessive hand-washing or checking things often.

Causes of OCD

While the exact cause of OCD is not fully understood, a combination of genetic, neurological, and environmental factors is believed to contribute to the onset of the disorder. A meta-analysis in the Clinical Psychology Review suggests that compulsions are often a learned response to manage the distress of obsessions.

Types of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Examples

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is not a one-size-fits-all condition. It manifests in various forms, each with its unique set of obsessions and compulsions. Here are some common types of OCD, along with examples to better understand them:

1. Contamination OCD

  • Obsession: Fear of germs or contamination.

  • Example: Avoiding touching doorknobs and excessive hand-washing.

2. Checking OCD

  • Obsession: Fear of not having locked doors or turned off appliances.

  • Example: Repeatedly checking the stove before leaving home.

3. Symmetry OCD

  • Obsession: Need for objects to be symmetrical or in order.

  • Example: Spending hours aligning books perfectly on a shelf.

4. Harm OCD

  • Obsession: Fear of harming oneself or others.

  • Example: Avoiding knives and seeking reassurance about being a good person.

5. Pure-O OCD

  • Obsession: Intrusive thoughts, often violent or sexual.

  • Example: Mental rituals like praying to lessen distressing thoughts.

6. Relationship OCD (ROCD)

  • Obsession: Doubting the suitability or love for a partner.

  • Example: Always seeking reassurance and comparing relationships.

7. Scrupulosity OCD

  • Obsession: Fear of sin or moral wrong-doing.

  • Example: Excessive praying and ritual washing.

Understanding the different types of OCD can help in effective diagnosis and treatment, which often involves a combination of medication and therapy.

The Importance of Therapy in Managing OCD

Therapy, particularly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), holds a pivotal role in the effective management and treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Here's why therapy is so crucial:

Targeted Intervention

Unlike medications that provide a generalized treatment for anxiety and compulsive behaviors, therapy can be tailored to address the specific obsessions and compulsions that an individual experiences. This targeted approach helps in alleviating the unique symptoms of each person.

Skill Development

Therapy equips individuals with coping mechanisms and skills to manage anxiety and resist compulsive behaviors. Techniques learned during therapy sessions are tools that patients can use throughout their lives, not just during the period of acute symptoms.

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

A critical component of CBT for OCD is Exposure and Response Prevention. This strategy exposes patients to their feared thoughts and situations while teaching them to prevent the usual compulsive response. ERP has been proven to be extremely effective in reducing the symptoms of OCD.

Emotional Support

Therapists offer a judgment-free space where individuals can discuss their obsessions and compulsions in the open. The emotional support offered during therapy sessions can be as healing as the strategies taught.

Long-Term Benefits

Studies, including those published in Behaviour Research and Therapy, show that the benefits of CBT for OCD often persist long after the treatment has ended. This longevity makes it a cost-effective choice in the long term.

Adaptive Strategies for Life Changes

Life changes like moving to a new place, starting a new job, or entering a relationship can trigger OCD symptoms. Therapy equips individuals with adaptive strategies to cope with changes in a healthy way, thereby preventing relapse.​

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Begin OCD Treatment in Newport Beach, CA Today!

Understanding what OCD is and what it is not can help you be more supportive of those who deal with it daily. If you feel that you or someone you know is experiencing OCD-related challenges, My Counseling Concierge is here. You don’t have to struggle alone anymore. To learn more and to get help, follow the steps below: 

  1. Contact us to book a free 20-minute consultation.

  2. Speak with one of our caring OCD therapists.

  3. Find peace in your life.

Other Mental Health Services Offered in Newport Beach, CA 
Here at My Counseling Concierge, we offer more than just OCD treatment. We specialize in therapy for anxiety and treatment for eating disorders. We look forward to helping you through the process of healing. 

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Dr. Nazanin Moali, Ph.D.

Dr. Nazanin Moali, Ph.D., CSE (she/her), is an internationally recognized psychologist, educator, and podcaster. After receiving her doctoral degree, she completed a postdoctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente and received specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders.

Dr. Sasha Kassai, Psy.D. 

Sasha Kassai, Psy.D. (she/her), is a licensed psychologist in California (PSY 33101) with a specialization in treating and evaluating adults with co-occurring cognitive and psychological problems such as obsessive-compulsive disorders, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, body image issues, and perfectionism.  She is the Co-Founder of My Counseling Psychotherapy Group. 

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