Conditions We Treat
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – often referred to as “The doubting disease,” symptoms include excessive checking, repeating, washing, obsessions with contamination, neatness, orderliness, perfection, preventing or causing harm or danger to others. OCD has many different but related faces:
- Primarily Obsessional OCD – unwanted, intrusive horrific thoughts, feelings or impulses of possibly causing harm or danger to others or oneself
- Sexual Identity OCD (also referred to HOCD), persistent, intrusive doubts about being gay in a person who is straight.
- Health Related OCD – excessive preoccupation with having a serious illness or disease accompanied by excessive measures to prevent or avoid it.
- “Hit and Run” OCD– excessive preoccupation with possibly causing a serious driving accident
- Religious OCD (scrupulosity)- persistent doubts and worries about having violated a religious precept, combined with compulsions (e.g., ritualistic praying) to relieve those doubts.
- Touretic or “just right” OCD – repetitive performance of compulsive behaviors until the behavior “feels just right”
- Body-Focused or “sensorimotor” OCD – excessive focus upon normal bodily processes such as breathing, blinking, swallowing, heart beating, visual distractions, or body parts.
OCD Spectrum Disorders- are related group of conditions that involve feelings and impulses that result in repetitive behaviors that are difficult to inhibit despite their negative impact upon ones quality of life:
- Trichotillomania – compulsive hair-pulling
- Dermatillomania – compulsive skin picking
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) – obsessive preoccupation with a specific physical defect; also referred to as “Imagined Ugliness Syndrome.”
- Muscle Dysmorphia– obsessive preoccupation with body size and muscularity
- Hypochondriasis – obsessive preoccupation that one has a catastrophic illness in the absence of objective evidence of disease
- Somatization Disorder – a long-term pattern of medical complaints without objective evidence of illness
- Compulsive Hoarding – excessive saving, collecting; inability to throw things away leading to an unlivable living space.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)– pervasive preoccupation with detail, orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency
Anxiety Disorders- a group of mental disorders involving feelings of worry, fear and dread about future events that interfere with normal functioning:
- Panic Attacks – “out of the blue” discrete periods of intense fear and anxiety
- Panic Disorder – persistent preoccupation with bodily sensations associated with the possibility of having a future panic attack
- Agoraphobia – avoidance of “unsafe places” for fear of anxiety and panic symptoms
- Social Anxiety Disorder – excessive fear of social situations and scrutiny of others
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – recurring flashbacks, avoidance or numbing of memories, combined with extreme muscle and emotional tension following the occurrence of a traumatic event
- Specific Phobias- excessive fear of a specific object such as mice, rats, spiders, snakes, blood-injection-injury, vomiting (emetophobia), etc.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder – excessive, uncontrollable worries resulting from an intolerance of uncertainty
- Fear of Flying – avoidance of commercial flight or inability to fly without severe distress
- Shy Bladder Syndrome – excessiveanxiety about urinating in pubic restrooms
- Family and Relationship problems – relationship problems resulting from OCD or anxiety disorders
If you suspect that you or a loved one may suffer from any of these conditions, please request a consultation with our expert clinical staff. We have experience delivering high quality, effective treatment for these disorders.