Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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Symptoms & Treatment Options

Understanding OCD

Some of our thoughts are more helpful than others. Most people can rather easily dismiss a thought that enters their mind when it is unhelpful or unwanted. But when irrational thoughts take hold and become so overpowering that they rule a person’s life, a pathological condition exists. Such is the case with OCD.

Red-haired girl with OCD talks receives help from her psychiatrist

Symptoms of OCD

One can imagine that living with OCD is like walking around with a ball and chain. A person is tormented with intrusive and unwanted thoughts (obsessions) that cause significant anxiety and distress. The obsessions drive the individual to engage in ritualistic behaviors (compulsions) in a futile effort to get relief. This repetitive cycle of behavior goes on and on, often consuming hours of the day. Patients suffer academically, vocationally, and socially.

A young adult male struggling with OCD sees his psychiatrist

Options for Treating OCD

The good news is that OCD is a treatable condition. With medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both, patients can get relief from their symptoms and live productive, happy lives. Dr. Rogers has considerable experience working with and helping patients struggling with OCD. Call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rogers or if you have any questions.

Professional psychiatrist and woman suffering from OCD during session