When we get “stuck” on things, it can be challenging to live rewarding and satisfactory lives. Obsessive compulsive disorder (or OCD for short) is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and walks of life. Classified as an anxiety disorder, OCD causes people to experience recurring, unwanted, intrusive thoughts, ideas or sensations that often turn into or can be perceived as unhealthy obsessions.
Obsessive compulsive disorder often centers on “themes” such as a fear of germs or the need to arrange objects in a specific pattern, but it can take many forms and lead to a wide array of behavior. The intrusive and obsessive thoughts lead to compulsive behaviors — and these behaviors often lead to negative ramifications and relationships in a person’s life. In severe cases, a person may feel compelled to repeat a specific action over and over in order to feel “safe” or “normal.”.
Obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms often being gradually and later intensify, but they can also ebb and flow throughout one’s life. Stress can be an intensifying factor that leads to OCD “flare ups” in patients. Here at BOLD Health, we possess the expertise, compassion and experience needed to successfully treat people who are living with OCD. You can trust us to help you alleviate anxiety and unwanted obsessions.