Correctly identifying OCD is a crucial first step in effective treatment. Professionals recognized for their leadership in the treatment of OCD at Lindner Center of HOPE effectively assist patients in identifying and treating symptoms of OCD and co-occurring conditions, which often include mood disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder. A comprehensive diagnostic assessment is the first step in guiding an individual toward meaningful recovery.
OCD is characterized by an individual experiencing unwanted thoughts, images, feelings, or sensations called obsessions that trigger strong fears or discomfort. Patients may obsess about:
- Contamination by dirt, germs or chemicals
- Harming someone, due to carelessness or while driving
- Losing items
- Doing immoral or blasphemous acts
Individuals with OCD often try to reduce and eliminate the distress caused by obsessions with repetitious thoughts, behaviors, and psychological numbing-- called compulsions-- such as:
- Constant washing
- Checking and seeking reassurance
- Mental rituals, ongoing counting or repetitive prayer
- Touching or arranging
Although individuals with OCD typically realize their fears are unrealistic, they are unable to break the pattern of obsessions and compulsions. Without help from professionals like those at Lindner Center of HOPE, OCD may lead to depression, anxiety or other co-occurring conditions.