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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Specialist Q&A

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) experience undesirable thoughts, ideas, or sensations (obsessions). Common obsessions among those with OCD include a fear of germs or being contaminated, an excessive concern for things being symmetric, in order, or exact, as well as excessive doubt. Obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment is available at Gold Counseling. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Riverdale, Kaysville, Draper, and St. George, UT.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment Near Me in St. George, Riverdale, Kaysville, and Draper UT
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment Near Me in St. George, Riverdale, Kaysville, and Draper UT

Table of Contents:

What is OCD?
What are the main symptoms of OCD?
What causes OCD?
Where can I get help for my OCD?

OCD can affect individuals of any age, gender, or any other demographic and often requires professional interventions to properly manage, preventing the condition from affecting the patient’s day-to-day functioning and long-term quality of life. 

What is OCD?

OCD stands for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, which is a mental health condition that causes individuals to feel compelled to perform repetitive behaviors or ritualistic actions as a means to alleviate anxiety. The condition often is characterized by patients experiencing recurrent and unwanted thoughts that are described as obsessions, with the repetitive behaviors being described as compulsions. Many individuals with OCD will experience anxiety if they are not able to perform specific rituals, often feeling as though something bad will happen if they do not complete the behaviors. Some common compulsions experienced by those with OCD include mental rituals such as repeating phrases, counting or repeating certain phrases or actions, and excessive cleaning or hand washing. 

What are the main symptoms of OCD?

The primary symptoms of OCD include obsessions and compulsions, often varying from person to person but being associated with intense anxiety or distress due to the obsessions and compulsions. The most common symptoms include:

• Fear of contamination
• Excessive cleanliness
• Obsessions for symmetry and orderliness
• Need for reassurance
• Feelings of self-doubt
• Violent or aggressive thoughts
• Unwanted religious or sexual thoughts
• Intrusive thoughts
• Compulsions or rituals related to tapping, counting, or touching objects

It is common for an individual’s symptoms of OCD to change or evolve, with the specific compulsions or obsessions often shifting in intensity, with new symptoms sometimes emerging and others decreasing or even disappearing. Since there are so many different symptoms that can vary quite a bit in intensity, a consultation with a mental health professional will be the most effective method of determining an accurate diagnosis. OCD is a chronic condition that requires ongoing management and support, with patients being able to reduce the impact of their symptoms through proper treatment. 

What causes OCD?

There is no definitive known cause of OCD, but it is often believed to result from a combination of factors, including neurological, environmental, and genetic factors. Imbalances of certain chemicals in the brain have been shown to possibly lead to the development of OCD, with serotonin imbalances being a common association with the condition. Environmental factors that increase the risk of OCD include experiencing stressful life events or trauma. A family history of OCD or other types of mental health disorders has also been shown to increase the likelihood of developing OCD. With so many potential contributing factors, it is difficult to pinpoint who is most likely to develop OCD. Those who are at an increased risk or are displaying onset symptoms are encouraged to consult with a mental health professional for an accurate diagnosis and to develop a treatment plan that is personalized to fit the needs of each patient. Every case of OCD is unique, so symptoms can vary quite a bit, as will the contributing factors for the condition, making additional insight and guidance from professionals that much more important in receiving an accurate diagnosis. 

Where can I get help for my OCD?

If you are experiencing some symptoms that are commonly associated with OCD or are at an increased risk for developing the condition and are located in or around Kaysville, St. George, Riverdale, or Draper, UT, Gold Counseling provides high-quality care for those struggling with a range of mental health conditions. Each one of our locations has certified mental health care specialists who are more than qualified to address any of your mental health needs through a variety of approaches to help you find a management or treatment plan that is best suited to fit your individual needs. Regardless of your age or gender, our specialists can provide you with all of the support and guidance that you need to take care of your mental health long-term. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Riverdale UT, Washington Terrace UT, Clinton UT, Kaysville UT, Clearfield UT, Farmington UT, Draper UT, Riverton UT, Sandy UT, St. George UT, Bloomington UT, Santa Clara, UT, and surrounding areas. 

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