The Center for OCD

The Center for OCD was established in 2019 to provide evidence-based treatment to clients suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?

It is important to understand what these terms mean. Obsessions are the unwanted, persistent thoughts and images that generate anxiety. As a way of reducing these anxiety symptoms, individuals may engage in compulsions which are the acts one feels compelled to perform to prevent feared outcomes from occurring. While these compulsions provide temporary relief, they are the very thing that maintains the obsessive thoughts and anxiety. The way compulsions reinforce the OCD cycle can be shown by the following example. Someone has the thought, “I am going to get sick because I touched the door handle” (obsession) that results in that person immediately washing their hands (compulsion), which temporarily decreases their anxiety. Before long, another obsessive thought comes into mind and they feel compelled to engage in another compulsion, creating a vicious cycle. The pattern of compulsive hand washing reinforces their belief that they did not get sick solely because they washed their hands, preventing the opportunity to learn that the actual risk level is low.

What is the best form of treatment for OCD?

While most mental health diagnoses can be treated through various forms of therapy, research has demonstrated that exposure and response(ritual) prevention (EX-RP) is the best-known form of treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). OCD often encompasses both obsessions and compulsions. At Cognitive Behavior Institute, not only is our staff trained in EX-RP, but several CBI clinicians are currently pursuing certification in this method of treatment.

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To schedule an appointment, please contact us at: (724) 609-5002 and one of our knowledgeable staff can assist you. We can also be reached via email at [email protected].