OCD Disorders

OCD Specialist in Tolleson, AZ

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can affect the people of all ages. With the right combination of psychotherapy and medication management, an OCD specialist can treat you. At Jade Health and Wellness, OCD therapists provide effective treatment solutions to your OCD problems. To consult our professionals, contact us today or book an appointment online. Check out our special offers for non-insured and self-pay patients.

OCD Specialist Near Me in Tolleson, AZ
OCD Specialist Near Me in Tolleson, AZ

Table of Contents:

What are the main symptoms of OCD?
What are the 4 types of OCD?
Is online therapy effective for OCD?
What kind of therapist do I need for OCD?

What are the main symptoms of OCD?

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 causes 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:

• Washing
• Cleaning
• Checking
• Counting
• Orderliness
• Strict routines
• Demanding reassurance

What are the 4 types of OCD?

There are four dimensions (also known as types) of obsessive-compulsive disorder that are often diagnosed:

1. Contamination

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.

2. Perfection

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. 

3. Doubt/harm

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

Is online therapy effective for 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.

What kind of therapist do I need for OCD?

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, Glendale AZ, Peoria AZ, Arizona AZ, Avondale AZ, and Phoenix AZ.