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OCD

OCD services offered in Tempe, Gilbert and Tucson, AZ

OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by intrusive, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or rituals (compulsions). At Calm Psych in Tempe and Gilbert, Arizona, led by Priti Patel, MD, the team has extensive experience treating OCD. They provide compassionate care and effective treatment for individuals struggling with OCD. To learn more, schedule an appointment online or by phone today. 

What is OCD?

OCD is a common mental health disorder that affects people of all ages, causing significant distress and interfering with daily life. Common symptoms of OCD include:

  • Intrusive thoughts or images that cause anxiety or discomfort
  • Compulsive behaviors or rituals performed to alleviate anxiety or prevent perceived harm
  • Difficulty controlling or stopping obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors
  • Feelings of shame, guilt, or embarrassment related to OCD symptoms

Are there different types of OCD?

Yes, OCD can present in various forms, each with its own unique symptoms and challenges. Some common types of OCD include:

  • Contamination OCD: Involves excessive fear of germs, dirt, or contamination, leading to compulsive cleaning or avoidance behaviors.
  • Checking OCD: Involves persistent doubts or fears about safety or harm, leading to repetitive checking behaviors (e.g., checking locks, appliances, or personal belongings).
  • Hoarding OCD: Involves difficulty discarding items, leading to excessive accumulation of possessions and clutter.
  • Symmetry and Ordering OCD: Involves a need for symmetry, order, or perfection, leading to repetitive arranging, organizing, or counting behaviors.

Each subtype of OCD may require tailored treatment approaches to address specific symptoms and challenges.

How is OCD treated?

Treatment for OCD typically involves a combination of therapy, medication, and lifestyle modifications. The Calm Psych team offers comprehensive treatment options, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A type of therapy that helps individuals identify and challenge irrational thoughts and beliefs, as well as learn coping strategies to manage anxiety and reduce compulsive behaviors.
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP): A specialized form of CBT that involves gradually exposing individuals to feared situations or triggers while preventing the usual compulsive response, helping to reduce anxiety and break the cycle of OCD.
  • Medication Management: Prescription medications, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), may be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms of OCD.
  • Supportive Therapy: Providing education, support, and guidance to individuals and their families, helping them understand and cope with the challenges of living with OCD.

The Calm Psych team takes a holistic approach to treatment, addressing the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of OCD to help individuals achieve long-lasting relief and improve their quality of life.

If you or someone you know is struggling with OCD, don't hesitate to seek help. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today to start the journey towards overcoming OCD and reclaiming control of your life.