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What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that has two main features:

  • Obsessive thoughts are recurring, invasive, and unwanted ideas, urges, or images. These thoughts may be experienced as highly unpleasant, and they may be accompanied by feelings of anxiety, fear, or guilt.
  • Compulsive behaviors are actions that are intended relieve or get rid of the obsessive thoughts. Compulsions can include excessive washing of hands, checking repeatedly (for example, checking to make sure the stove is turned off), counting, ordering, hoarding, and touching things repetitively. While compulsions provide a sense of relief in the short term, they tend to reinforce the obsessive thoughts.

How is OCD Treated?

Fortunately, effective OCD treatment is readily available. Research has shown that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and related approaches such as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) are the most effective types of OCD treatment:

Additional information about OCD treatment and therapy is also available through the International OCD Foundation.

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At SF Stress and Anxiety Center, our team of expert psychologists are highly trained in OCD treatment and cognitive behavioral therapy, and they are ready to answer any questions you may have.