OCD Specialist Questions and Answers
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OCD is short for obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is a disorder that includes both obsessions and compulsions; however, it’s still possible to have one or other symptoms.
Many of our patients don’t even know they are dealing with excessive or even unreasonable obsessions and compulsions, but if they are taking up a large chunk of your time and often interfere with your daily life, social, school, or work routines, it’s an issue.
Obsessive-compulsive disorders are often repeated, they are persistent and warrant unwanted thoughts urges or images that can be quite intrusive, which often cause the patient a lot of distress or anxiety.
Obsessions are known to have themes associated with them:
● Fear of dirt or contamination
● Doubt or struggling with the thought of tolerating uncertainty
● Needing everything in an orderly form and symmetrical fashion
● Horrible and aggressive thoughts about harming yourself or others
● Unwanted thoughts, that may include aggression, sexual subjects, or religious subjects
Compulsions also have themes, just like obsessions do:
● Strict routines
● Demanding reassurance
There are four dimensions (also known as types) of obsessive-compulsive disorder that are often diagnosed:
Contamination is often focused on excessive cleaning or washing of everything. This is driven by a fear of contamination due to germs and bacteria; they go to extreme lengths to avoid any situations that may lead to exposure.
Perfection is often focused on symmetry, having order, and exactness with everything. Individuals will spend an innate amount of time arranging things, moving, or counting things to alleviate their discomfort. The endless perfection persona can become exhausting physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Doubt and harm have an obsession with checking then re-checking again things around them like their doors, alarm systems, windows, etc. These individuals’ doubt and harm type of OCD stems from their experiences of intrusive thoughts, images, or urges in relation to fear of accidentally harming themselves, or someone else, or someone harming them.
4. Forbidden thoughts
Forbidden thoughts are focused on taboo-type thinking. This stems from unwanted and intrusive thoughts which can often be violent, religious, or sexual in nature which can violate this individual’s morals or values.
It should be noted, there are additional types that are much rarer:
● Staring OCD
● Relationship OCD
● Existential OCD
Online therapy is available and can be very effective for individuals dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Online therapy can be offered anywhere you are, whether it be in the comfort of your own home, at a library, or a coffee shop. As long as you have an area that you feel most comfortable with, that is quiet, where you can focus on the online therapy for your obsessive-compulsive disorder, it’s effective. Many prefer to do this within the comforts of their own home, as this is where they feel safest, most comfortable, and they are able to truly express themselves fully without the need of keeping things in due to not feeling comfortable.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (known in short as CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that is often effective for many that are dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorder. A component of cognitive-behavioral therapy called exposure and response prevention involves the individual gradually being exposed to their feared object or obsession and will teach you to learn ways to resist the urge to start with your compulsive rituals. On top of cognitive behavioral therapy, medications can also be used to help control the obsessions and compulsions that occur with obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you are looking for online therapy for OCD, call us today. We are conveniently offering virtual appointments. We serve patients from Tolleson AZ, Avondale AZ, Phoenix AZ, Buckeye AZ, Yuma AZ, Tonopah AZ, and Las Vegas, NV.