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.
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) is being formed. Their first meeting is scheduled for Thursday 8/25/16 at the Rocky River Starbucks, 19555 Detroit Rd at 7 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
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!
My presentations at the National Trichotillomania (TLC) Conference in Dallas, Texas went well. They just changed their website to www.bfrb.org
The OCD Support Group has been meeting every two weeks at the Ridge Park Square 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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