Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a complex and often debilitating mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. At the Mental Health Center of San Diego, we understand the profound impact that OCD can have on individuals and their loved ones. We are committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate OCD treatment, offering hope and healing to those who struggle with this challenging condition.
OCD is characterized by intrusive, distressing thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) performed to alleviate the anxiety associated with these obsessions. It can manifest in various forms, including:
Checking & Mental Rituals: Frequent checking of locks, stoves, or appliances or engaging in mental compulsions like praying.
Contamination: Excessive fears of germs or contaminants, leading to compulsive cleaning.
Hoarding: The accumulation of objects with difficulty discarding them.
Intrusive Thoughts: Disturbing, unwanted thoughts or images that provoke anxiety.
Counting and Repeating: Repeating words, phrases, or actions.
These symptoms can disrupt daily life, affect relationships, hinder work, and erode overall well-being.
Accurate diagnosis of OCD is a crucial first step in effective treatment. Diagnosing OCD requires a comprehensive evaluation by a trained mental health professional, and at the Mental Health Center of San Diego, we use a multi-faceted approach to ensure precise diagnosis. Our diagnostic process includes:
Our experienced team of clinicians is well-equipped to provide accurate and thorough assessments, ensuring that you receive the appropriate treatment for your specific needs.
At the Mental Health Center of San Diego, we understand that every individual is unique, and their OCD manifests differently. This is why we create personalized treatment plans to address each person’s specific needs and goals.
Our team of licensed therapists specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, a widely recognized and effective approach to treating OCD. Through CBT, we work with individuals to:
CBT equips individuals with the tools they need to regain control over their lives.
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Exposure and Response Prevention is a vital part of our OCD treatment program. ERP is based on the principle that individuals can overcome their fears and obsessions through gradual exposure to anxiety-provoking situations. Our therapists guide individuals through these exposures and help them resist the urge to perform compulsions.
Our experienced psychiatrists carefully assess the need for medication as part of OCD treatment. We monitor the effects of medication, making adjustments as necessary to achieve the best outcomes.
We understand that facing OCD can be a lonely experience. Our supportive group therapy sessions provide individuals with a safe space to share their experiences, gain insights, and receive encouragement from others who understand their struggles.
The Mental Health Center of San Diego is proud to have a team of highly skilled professionals who are leaders in the field of OCD treatment. Our clinicians, therapists, and psychiatrists have a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the complexities of OCD.
Our commitment to ongoing education and research means that our team stays at the forefront of the latest developments in OCD treatment. You can trust that you or your loved one will receive the highest quality care.