Bobby Farhat

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist                      


                                          Offering Telehealth now. 

  160 Saratoga Ave suite 210

Santa Clara, CA, 95051

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a psychological disorder that affects people of all ages. OCD has been seen in both adults and children which suggests that there are biological factors that can contribute to development of OCD.

When I talk to the clients who have OCD, a good number of them tell me that they also have relatives that have OCD. People with OCD get caught in the cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsession are the repeated anxiety provoking thoughts that come to mind which causes us to have compulsions or repeated behaviors that reduce this anxiety. Most of us have obsessive thoughts that come to our mind from time to time, but people in OCD have a difficult time dealing with these obsessive thoughts and often get stuck in a cycle of OCD. After doing compulsions, people with OCD often get some relief from their anxiety. However, the relief is often temporary.

Common forms of  OCD include excessive hand washing, checking, counting, putting things in order and hoarding.


Are these thoughts Pure OCD or are they anxiety thoughts?