Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, images, and sensations (obsessions) that drive them to do something over and over (compulsions). Often, the person carries out the behaviors to reduce the anxiety caused by the obsessions.
People with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both. These symptoms can interfere with all aspects of life, such as work, school, and personal relationships. OCD is a long-lasting condition that can be mild, moderate, or severe. It usually starts during childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. While there is no known cure for OCD, it is treatable with medication, therapy, or a combination of the two. Mental health disorder treatment at Peer Mental Wellness in Los Angeles can help you or your loved one manage OCD and its symptoms.
Reach out to us today at 714.844.5473 to learn more about our OCD treatment program and how we can help you or your loved one live a happier, healthier life.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder. OCD causes people to have intrusive, unwanted thoughts that lead them to perform certain rituals or routines over and over. These rituals are called compulsions. People with OCD may have obsessions and compulsions at the same time, or they may have just one or the other.
Obsessions are defined as recurrent, persistent, and intrusive thoughts, urges, or images that are unwanted and cause distress or anxiety. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that a person feels compelled to do in order to alleviate the anxiety caused by their obsessions. In some cases, people with OCD are aware that their obsessions and compulsions are excessive or unreasonable, but they feel powerless to stop them.
Symptoms of OCD
There are many different symptoms of OCD, and they vary from person to person. Some people with OCD have mainly obsessive symptoms, while others have mostly compulsive symptoms. Some people have both types of symptoms.
Obsessive symptoms of OCD may include:
- Fear of dirt or germs
- Excessive worry about order and symmetry
- Intrusive thoughts about harm happening to self or others
- Preoccupation with sex or religious themes
- Avoidance of objects, places, or situations that may cause anxiety
Compulsive symptoms of OCD may include:
- Excessive hand-washing or cleaning
- Checking things often
- Arranging things in a certain order
- Repeating actions
- Mentally reviewing events to prevent something bad from happening
- Constantly seeking reassurance
Treatment for OCD
OCD is a long-lasting condition that can be mild, moderate, or severe. It usually starts during childhood, adolescence, or early adulthood. At Peer Mental Wellness, we offer comprehensive OCD treatment programs that are designed to help you or your loved one manage the symptoms of OCD and live a happier, healthier life.
Through a wide range of therapies, our expert team of mental health professionals can help you or your loved one learn how to cope with OCD and live a fulfilling life. We offer both individual and family therapy sessions that can teach healthy coping skills and help you or your loved one develop a support system.
Contact Peer Mental Wellness Today
California residents who are struggling with OCD can find help and hope at Peer Mental Wellness. Our caring staff is here to support you every step of the way through our personalized outpatient programs.
Reach out to us today at 714.844.5473 or connect with us online to learn more about our OCD treatment program and how we can help you or your loved one build a network of support as well as coping skills that can lead to the life you want.