Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

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About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (also known as OCD) is a common and chronic condition characterized by uncontrolled obsessions (or reoccurring thoughts) and compulsive behaviors. These compulsive behaviors include the urge to repeat the same actions over and over again.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Symptoms

The symptoms of OCD are very intrusive and affect almost all aspects of life.  The following symptom details are provided by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Those with Obessive-Compulsive Disorder have symptoms of one or both; compulsions or obsessions. 

Obsession Symptoms

Obsessions are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that cause anxiety. Common symptoms, as provided by NIMH, include:

Compulsion Symptoms

Compulsions are repetitive behaviors that a person with OCD feels the urge to do in response to an obsessive thought. Common compulsions include: (NIMH)

OCD and a Tic Disorder can go hand-in-hand

Some individuals with OCD also have a tic disorder. Motor tics are sudden, brief, repetitive movements, such as eye blinking and other eye movements, facial grimacing, shoulder shrugging, and head or shoulder jerking. Common vocal tics include repetitive throat-clearing, sniffing, or grunting sounds.

Symptoms may come and go, ease over time, or worsen. People with OCD may try to help themselves by avoiding situations that trigger their obsessions, or they may use alcohol or drugs to calm themselves. Although most adults with OCD recognize that what they are doing doesn’t make sense, some adults and most children may not realize that their behavior is out of the ordinary. Parents or teachers typically recognize OCD symptoms in children.

What to watch for

Not all rituals or habits are compulsions. Everyone double checks things sometimes. But a person with OCD, as provided by NIMH, generally:

How can The Serenity Center help with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, The Serenity Center is here to help. Our team is trained to understand obsessive-compulsive disorder and the individual needs of our patients. If you need help managing your obsessive-compulsive symptoms, The Serenity Center provides:

You do not have to do this alone. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a serious condition, but it doesn’t have to ruin your life. A solid treatment plan does take time to accomplish, but you are worth it. Set up an appointment today, and our team will give your case the individual care and support you need to enjoy life again.

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