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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive behaviors, commonly referred to as OCD, begin as incessant thoughts that lead to unstoppable, irrational impulses to do things such as repeatedly wash hands, check locks, and other futile activities used to reduce feelings of anxiety.

These behaviors often accompany feelings of being out of control, or a need to overanalyze situations. Rituals become necessary to cope with stress, but ultimately lead to interference with daily activity and decreased functionality.

Common Symptoms of OCD

• obsessive hygiene or cleanliness
• need for object alignment
• repetition of routine or behavior
• concern of potential damage
• compulsive behaviors or thoughts

Causes

The cause of OCD has yet to be determined. It is possible it is an amalgamation of factors such as predisposed genetics, lack of serotonin production, and environmental experiences.

Treatment

Treatment for obsessive-compulsive behaviors includes medication and therapy. Therapy sometimes utilizes a exposure and prevention method, where a client is exposed to a trigger and then not allowed to react compulsively. A therapist can help curb anxiety and bolster positive and open communication.

We Can Help

Open Path’s therapists offer beneficial services that encourage insight, self-reflection, and healthy coping mechanisms. Therapy can establish healthy responses to triggers and helps clients maintain control over obsessive thoughts.

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