Do you constantly worry about harming others, contamination, "bad thoughts," things being "just so," and/or uncertainty?
Do these worries make you feel like you must excessively wash, recheck things, pray to "undo" the "bad thoughts," or perform other compulsions?
Are these things distressing and effecting your life too much?
If you answer yes, it may mean that you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I can quickly assess and provide effective Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment.
OCD is a chronic condition that rarely totally goes away on its own. The good news is that effective Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy treatments (CBT) are available. Decades of research shows THE most effective treatment is called Exposure/Response Prevention (ERP). This frequently sounds impossible to someone who has OCD. A trained and experienced therapist can help find a starting place to show that it actually IS doable.
Due to lack of trained OCD therapists, especially in rural areas, I'm making myself available to offer HIPPA compliant video conferencing services for those living in Ohio. If interested in telemental health, online services, please email me with your insurance and availability to get the ball rolling.
The Annual OCD Conference will be in San Francisco this year July 7 - 9, 2017. Details at www.OCD2017.orgThis is a GREAT experience if you have OCD. Also great for family, as well as professionals. I've been to two conferences and learned a lot both times, as well enjoying the community experience and speaking with the top people in the field.
I recently discovered a GREAT resource for those struggling with OCD. It is an e-Course presented by Jeff Bell and Shala Nicely who are both in recovery from OCD. This is a collection of brief videos presented in bite size chunks to helping people better understand their OCD and how to learn to face and accept uncertainty. They have great chemistry and their presentation is entertaining as well as informative, and inspiring. Contact them if you can't afford their course, as they may let you do the course for free. Check this out at http://beyondthedoubt.com/
A GREAT new book was just released Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A CBT-Based Guide to Getting Over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts by Sally Winston & Martin Seif. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! Another excellent book for some is Strivings Within - The OCD Christian: Overcoming Doubt in the Storm of Anxiety by Mitzi VanCleve.
The OCD Center of Los Angeles has posted a screening test for people who have intrusive thoughts, sometimes known as "Pure O." If you find yourself answering a number of these items, I routinely treat people with this condition. http://ocdla.com/pure-obsessional-ocd-test
A MUST checkout is www.theocdstories.com Stuart has interviewed almost eighty folks recovering from OCD and a few leading therapists. He keeps knocking it out of the park! Check him out.
Reid Wilson, PhD has published a book last year called Stopping the Noise in Your Head. The new way to stop anxiety and worry. More recently, he developed six brief (4 to 5 minutes), FREE videos where an actress plays an anxious woman with a man plays "anxiety.." While the videos are not specific to OCD, most will identify with what is presented and the ideas are applicable to OCD and are at www.noiseinyourhead.com
The OCD Support Group has changed from meeting regularly at the Rocky River Starbucks every two weeks. More info can be found at www.meetup.com.
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Call for an appointment today (216.520.5969) to begin your recovery from OCD! Email me if you would like further information. Regardless of your previous experiences, OCD IS TREATABLE