Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by obsessions, which are recurrent and intrusive thoughts/urges, and/or compulsions, which are mental acts or repetitive behaviors that occur in response to an obsession or a rigid set of rules. Symptoms can be distressing and/or time-consuming. Symptoms can interfere with many facets of one’s life. The competent, caring psychologists at PC&A understand these disorders and can help through cognitive-behavior based and reality-based therapies. Accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment are crucial to improving overall functioning and quality of life.
There are several related disorders that occur when the obsession or compulsion is confined to one specific area or behavior. Although there are similarities with these disorders, there are also differences. PC&A psychologists have experience identifying and treating individuals with these disorders.