Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a form of anxiety disorder. People with obsessive compulsive disorder find themselves plagued by thoughts they feel they cannot control, and behaviors that they feel they have to do, in order to keep something bad from happening. Often people with OCD may find themselves tormented by thoughts or fears of something terrible happening, or worries or fears, that will not seem to go away, even if the person knows the thoughts are not rational. These types of thoughts refer to the “obsession” part of OCD. The “compulsion” part of OCD often manifests in behaviors a person feels they must do, or else they become so tense or anxious they cannot feel calm until they carry out that behavior. Such compulsive behaviors may include: repeated hand washing, having to turn lights on or off a certain number of times, having to lock and relock the door several times, or having to count or recite certain phrases in one’s mind over and over again. The above is only a small sample of the different form that obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors may take. OCD can often be helped by a combination of medication and psychotherapy.

The following CPC counselors work with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:

Kevin Ogle, DMin, AAPC Fellow