Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is generally characterized by having obsessions and compulsions. Sometimes it’s just one or the other. Obsessions are thoughts images, impulses, urges that come into your mind repeatedly against your will and usually cause marked distress. Compulsions are the behaviors that relieve this distress. Some examples of compulsions are engaging in avoidance, reassurance seeking, reviewing thoughts or situations, checking, washing, and cleaning. These behaviors and thoughts cause significant disturbance to daily life.
-PANS and PANDAS related OCD
-Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
It’s like a false alarm in your body telling you something is wrong. You think you need to decide to do something. It’s your brain saying I need to pay attention to this thing, whatever it is-a feeling, thought, or situation. This is called the flight or fight response. Thoughts may be irrational (well they most likely are). Behaviors such as avoidance and reassurance-seeking often evolve during anxiety and tend to make it worse.
-Generalized Anxiety Disorder
-Separation Anxiety Disorder
-Emetophobia (fear of vomiting)
Additional Life Struggles/Transitions
We also assist with many of life’s struggles/transitions. These might include loss, stress, illness, health, chronic pain, depression, mood issues, relationship difficulties, couples counseling, mindfulness, social skills, and sleep disorders.
Things you might choose to work on in therapy or skills you might gain:
-Learn to manage worry and what if’s
-Become more assertive
-Learn mindfulness techniques
-Problem solve situations you want to change
-Practice listening skills
-Practice and develop social skills
-Communicate more effectively with friends, teachers, family, partners, and others
-Improve self-care: sleep, exercise, eating, etc.