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 OCD trained therapists, especially in rural areas, I'm making myself available to offer HIPPA compliant video conferencing services for those living in Ohio. If interested, please email me with your insurance and availability to get the ball rolling.
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
An Adult Support Group for Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania (Hair pulling and Skin Picking) has formed. Their nextt meeting is scheduled for Monday 11/21/16 at the Rocky River Starbucks, 19555 Detroit Rd at 8 PM. For more information and to RSVP, go to Meetup.com http://bit.ly/2atzLgv
The Annual OCD Conference in Chicago in July was an excellent educational and networking experience. I was surprised that at a social event, I was sitting at the table of Jon Hershfield. He is a humble and nice guy, as well as a terrific author. Handouts for many of the sessions can be downloaded at www.ocd2016.org/handouts
A MUST checkout is www.theocdstories.com Stuart has interviewed over forty folks recovering from OCD and a few leading therapists. He keeps knocking it out of the park! Check him out.
Reid Wilson, PhD has recently published a book 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 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
A very important resource just became available, When a Family Member Has OCD: Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Skills to Help Families Affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Jon Herschfield. It is Terrific!
The OCD Support Group has changed from meeting at the Ridge Park Square Starbucks to the Rocky River Starbucks. More info can be found at www.meetup.com.
A recently published study in JAMA Psychiatry on people with OCD who didn't respond to antidepressant medications alone compared adding Risperdal (an atypical anti-psychotic medication), CBT focusing on Exposure/Response Prevention (ERP), or a placebo. Eighty percent who received CBT improved, compared to 23% for those who received Risperdal and 15% who received a placebo. Improvements to a "minimal level" of OCD was achieved by 43% who received CBT, 13% who received Risperdal, and 5% who received placebo.
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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