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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Counseling

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Lacamas Counseling Serves Vancouver, Camas, Washougal Washington and the surrounding areas

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) refers to a chronic and often long-lasting disorder in which a person suffers from uncontrollable, recurring thoughts (obsessions)  and finds themselves having the urge to repeat behaviors (compulsions). A person with OCD can have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both. OCD is different than anxiety, but can often have overlapping symptoms.

OCD may be diagnosed as a mental health disorder if the symptoms are time consuming, or impacts your ability to function in your relationships, work, school, or other important parts of your life.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Symptom Self-Check

Do you experience repeated thoughts, urged, or mental images that cause you anxiety?
Some Common Examples:
Fear of germs, illness, or contamination
Unwanted and uncomfortable thoughts involving sex, religion, or self-harm
Aggressive thoughts towards others or self
Having things symmetrical, organized, or in a perfect order

Do you engage in repetitive behaviors, often in response to obsessive thoughts?
Common Examples:
Excessive cleaning and/or handwashing
Ordering, arranging, re-arranging things in a particular, precise way
Repeatedly checking on things, such as a door being locked, stove if off, lights are on or off
Repeating a task a specific number of times, e.g., turning lights on and off, turning a dial, stacking and unstacking, brushing. Strong desire to count things

Do you struggle to control your thoughts or behaviors, even when you realize they are excessive?

Do you spend at least 1 hour a day on these symptoms?

Do you feel some level of relief when you do these tasks?

Treatments for OCD:

OCD can be treated and it’s important to work with a professional to help identify an effective treatment plan.
Treatment for OCD can include:

  • Counseling
  • Medications (i.e. antidepressants, mood stabilizers)
  • Group counseling
  • Social support
  • Education and empowerment
  • Exposure and Response Prevention
  • Habit Reversal Training
  • Stress management and reduction
  • Relaxation (deep breathing, meditation, mindfulness)
  • Self-talk (coaching, cognitive patterns, accepting the unknown)
  • Self-care (sleep hygiene, exercise, nutrition)

If you are experiencing any symptoms of OCD that are impacting your well-being and functioning, please connect with Lacamas Counseling for professional therapeutic support to address and alleviate your symptoms of OCD.

Additional Resources for OCD:

Factsheet for OCD by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by NIMH (National Institute of Mental Illness)