Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, # 90938
319 Los Gatos Saratoga Road
Los Gatos, CA, 95030
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.