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OCD is a type of anxiety disorder distinguished by intrusive and frequent obsessions and repetitive and ritualistic behaviors. People with OCD believe they are driven to do things to relieve stress and feel better. This is very difficult for them because the urges will come back again. This disorder is often accompanied by shame or other feelings of embarrassment related to the symptoms of the condition.
OCD is experienced in obsessions and compulsions.
An obsession is a continued thought, image, or urge that enters the mind and generates distress. Some common obsessions are fear of contamination, fear of harm occurring such as forgetting to turn off a stove, excessive concern about exactness such as placing objects in a particular direction or order, excessive focus on orderliness, perfectionism. Some anxiety may be related to unwelcome thoughts including anger, sexual, religious content, hurting self or others, or inappropriate behaviors in public.
A compulsion is a recurrent behavior or mental act done to provide relief created by the distress of the obsessions. Some common compulsions are cleaning or hand washing excessively, repeatedly checking stoves or other objects, repeating words or phrases, mental rituals, arranging objects, counting, hoarding, continued asking for reassurance.
OCD is believed to consist of four basic parts: obsessions, anxiety, compulsions, and temporary relief. It becomes a vicious cycle because once you get pulled into it, it gains momentum and intensity, making it even more difficult to get out.
The main symptoms of OCD are obsessions and compulsions that interfere with normal activities. Symptoms usually begin gradually and vary throughout life.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to help in treating OCD. It is important to learn the skills of how to direct your thoughts and move forward with a physical action to avoid being trapped in the OCD cycle.
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Depression is common and may be a serious medical illness that negatively affects how you think, feel, and behave. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems that affect your capability at work or home. Depression can affect your ability to problem solve or to appreciate and enjoy your life. It can interfere with your eating, sleeping, or your usual daily activities. Depression...
“People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something that one finds, it is something that one creates.” Thomas Szasz Anger is an interesting emotion. It is often described as “anger issues” that come along with anxiety. We are supposed to manage anger versus explore or simply experience it. People have done horrible things when angry, so we...
Humans are naturally self-obsessed, self-judging, and other self-observations and contradictions. We think about how we present to others and if we have value in their eyes. Do we measure up to their expectations? Often, we blame ourselves or attempt to create a public image that is difficult to maintain. Perfectionists are notably vulnerable to being hard on themselves. Becoming aware of your...
Lisa H. Lang Ph.D. is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) & marriage and family therapist (LMFT) located in Flower Mound, TX with over 30 years experience. She is a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and life coach offering psychotherapy, hypnosis, and other solutions to those seeking counseling. Dr. Lang is conveniently located to residents of Flower Mound, Lewisville, Carrollton, Southlake, Grapevine, Coppell, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area.