Individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder often experience some of the following:
- Distressing and intrusive thoughts (“obsessions”), for example about:
- Contamination, Safety, Doubting one’s memory or perception, Fear of committing a wrongdoing, Need for order or symmetry, Unwanted sexual/aggressive thoughts
- Repetitive and compulsive physical or mental acts that also cause significant distress, for example:
- Cleaning/washing, Checking (eg, locks, stove, iron, safety of children), Counting/repeating actions a certain number of times or until it “feels right”, Arranging objects, Touching/tapping objects, Hoarding, Confessing/seeking reassurance, List making
- Finding it very difficult to ignore or suppress your obsessive thoughts, urges, or images
- Trying to neutralize your obsessive thoughts with some other thought or action (e.g., by performing a compulsion)
- Using the compulsive acts as a way to prevent some dreaded event or situation from occurring
- Having the obsessions and/or compulsions take up a lot of your time (e.g., more than 1 hour per day)
- Obsessions and/or compulsions are disrupting your work/academic life, social life, and/or home life
Although medications exist to ease this type of anxiety, they are less effective without therapy. Fortunately, evidence-based therapy treatment has been shown to be very successful in reducing obsessive compulsive disorder. We have many strategies and tools available to help you alleviate many of the above symptoms.
Saterra’s associate psychologists and therapists are trained in a number of therapeutic approaches that can help alleviate these symptoms. Please contact one of our associates today to set up an initial consultation and discuss how we can begin to help. You may also use our contact form (Contact us) or call our practice line at 613-831-8181 to speak with an associate or for general inquires.