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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Therapy – Therapists and Counselors in Hanover, VA

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a chronic and long-lasting disorder where an individual has an uncontrollable desire to repeat behaviors or thought patterns over and over again. OCD is a common mental health disorder. There is no cure for OCD but individuals can achieve a normal life if they receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. According to research, OCD is more common in women than in men and stress can increase the severity of the symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms

Individuals with OCD may have symptoms of obsessions, compulsions, or both. These symptoms can impact all facets of an individual’s life. Common obsession or compulsive symptoms include:

  • Fear of germs
  • Unwanted forbidden thoughts
  • Aggressive thoughts towards others or self
  • Having things in a perfect order
  • Excessive cleaning and/or handwashing
  • Ordering and arranging things in a preferred way repeatedly
  • Repeatedly checking on things
  • Compulsive counting
  • Can’t control his or her excessive thoughts or behaviors
  • Spends at least 1 hour a day with excessive thoughts
  • Behaviors do not provide peace or relief

Symptoms may vary, and they increase or subside over time. Many individuals try to avoid triggers to maintain their OCD and prevent episodes from getting worse or happening at all. Some engage in alcohol or drug use to calm their obsessive thoughts or actions. OCD symptoms in children are usually discovered by parents or teachers because they are able to observe their behavior on a daily basis.

Risk Factors

1) Genetics
Studies have determined that individuals with a family history of OCD are more likely to develop the disorder. It is even higher if the family member developed the disorder as a teen. Researchers continue to study genetic links to help improve early diagnosis.

2) Brain Function
Researchers believe that OCD symptoms are a result of brain abnormalities but have yet to determine in certain areas of the brain, but that connection is not clear. As more information is discovered, treatment for OCD will improve.

3) Environment
Individuals who have experienced trauma or abuse in childhood are at an increased risk for developing OCD. A doctor may do a physical exam and bloodwork to make sure that your symptoms aren’t related to another illness. Many doctors also interview their patients to determine if their OCD symptoms are in fact disrupting their life. From there a referral to a mental health professional will be made to begin proper treatment and therapy.

Treatments and Therapies

OCD is typically treated with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. Sometimes people with OCD also have other mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphic disorder.

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): This approach helps individuals identify and challenge irrational thoughts and beliefs related to OCD, as well as develop healthier coping mechanisms and behaviors.
  • Exposure and response prevention (ERP): ERP involves gradually exposing individuals to situations that trigger their OCD symptoms while refraining from engaging in compulsive behaviors. Over time, this desensitizes individuals to their fears and reduces the urge to perform compulsions.
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT): ACT focuses on helping individuals accept their intrusive thoughts and feelings without trying to control them, while also encouraging them to commit to actions aligned with their values and goals.
  • Mindfulness-based therapy: Mindfulness techniques, such as meditation and deep breathing exercises, can help individuals become more aware of their thoughts and feelings without judgment, allowing them to respond to their OCD symptoms more effectively.
  • Medication: In some cases, psychiatrists may prescribe antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications to help manage OCD symptoms, particularly when combined with therapy.
  • Family therapy: Family therapy can help educate loved ones about OCD, improve communication within the family, and provide support for both the individual with OCD and their family members.
  • Support groups: Participating in support groups with others who have OCD can offer validation, encouragement, and practical advice for managing symptoms.
  • Psychotherapy

Call Thriveworks Ashland—because there’s no reason to delay getting a professional’s help. With a provider’s support, you can reclaim your life from the mental health challenges standing in your way.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Ashland therapists and counselors accept 4 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • United Healthcare | Optum

  • United Healthcare | Optum EAP

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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Ashland is located in the same building as Ashland Internal Medicine, A16 Coding Training Institute, Primis, Edward Jones Financial Advisor, H&R Block, Commonwealth Clinic, and a USPS collection box. Nearby is a Food Lion grocery store, Best Dry Cleaners, Petco, Burkes Outlet, and Virginia ABC Store. A Truist bank is also nearby, as well as Fire & Chicken, El Azteca Ashland, and Starbucks restaurants. Across N Washington Highway is a Hardee’s and Wawa. South of the location is the intersection of N Washington Highway and England Street.

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