Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Specialists
Compassionate Mental Health Counseling in Southlake and Flower Mound, Texas
Unlocking Relief from OCD
If you or your child grapple with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), you're not alone. About 1 in 40 individuals face this long-term challenge characterized by uncontrollable, repetitive thoughts (obsessions) and the compelling urge to perform specific actions (compulsions). But here's the good news: effective help is available at Dr. Messina & Associates.
Compassionate Expertise, Lifelong Relief
Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is more than just fleeting worries; it’s a persistent mental health condition that triggers intrusive, anxiety-provoking thoughts. These thoughts, known as obsessions, compel individuals to engage in repetitive behaviors or actions, known as compulsions. The cycle can be overwhelming, hindering daily activities and causing distress.
Attempting to ignore or suppress these obsessions can exacerbate anxiety and distress. You can find help and support for managing OCD. Call our team today to schedule an appointment.
Recognizing Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Symptoms
OCD typically manifests in obsessions and compulsions, though some may experience only one aspect. These symptoms consume significant time and disrupt work, school, and personal relationships.
Obsessions are relentless, unwanted thoughts or mental images that evoke anxiety. They can include:
Fear of Germs or Contamination
Intrusive Thoughts of Self-Harm or Harming Others
Disturbing Sexual Imagery
The Need for Symmetry or Specific Order
Doubts About Locked Doors or Turned-off Appliances
Individuals may recognize the irrationality of these thoughts but still grapple with the fear that they hold some truth.
Compulsions, on the other hand, are repetitive actions performed in response to obsessions. These rituals often involve specific rules or patterns aimed at controlling or alleviating obsessive thoughts. Common compulsions include:
Excessive Handwashing or Cleaning
Repeatedly Checking Locks or Appliances
Arranging Items in a Particular Manner
Counting and Recounting Objects
Silent Repetition of Words, Phrases, or Prayers
Comprehensive Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder OCD Treatment
While OCD may be chronic, it doesn’t have to define your life. At Dr. Messina & Associates, we empower you to take control of your symptoms. Our leading treatments encompass medications, psychotherapy, or a combination tailored to your unique needs.
Medications: Consult with our psychiatrists or primary care physicians to determine the best medication options for your condition.
Psychotherapy: Our experts employ cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), including exposure and response prevention (ERP). These evidence-based approaches help you confront obsessions while refraining from compulsions, ultimately reducing anxiety.