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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.

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Compassionate Expertise, Lifelong Relief

Our dedicated team of child, adolescent, and adult psychologists, therapists, and psychiatrists in Southlake, Texas, and Flower Mound, Texas, specializes in OCD treatment. With our compassionate yet authoritative approach, we guide you toward lasting relief from the burdens of OCD.
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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

OCD typically surfaces during adolescence or early adulthood but can develop at any age.

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.

Get on A Brighter Path to Well-being

Don’t let OCD rule your life. Reach out to Dr. Messina & Associates today via phone or online appointment booking to embark on your journey to lasting relief. Our commitment to your healthy well-being also extends beyond OCD. We’re here to offer exceptional care for other issues, providing support as you move towards a brighter future. Contact us today to book your appointment.
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