We Treat OCD


Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to compulsive behaviors.

Symptoms of OCD

Obsessions are repeated thoughts, urges, or mental images that are intrusive, unwanted, and make most people anxious. Common obsessions include:

  • • Fear of germs or contamination
  • • Fear of forgetting, losing, or misplacing something
  • • Fear of losing control over one’s behavior
  • • Aggressive thoughts toward others or oneself
  • • Unwanted, forbidden, or taboo thoughts involving sex, religion, or harm
  • • Desire to have things symmetrical or in perfect order

Compulsions are repetitive behaviors a person feels the urge to do, often in response to an obsession. Common compulsions include:

  • • Excessive cleaning or handwashing
  • • Ordering or arranging items in a particular, precise way
  • • Repeatedly checking things, such as that the door is locked or the oven is off
  • • Compulsive counting
  • • Praying or repeating words silently

What can I do?

Most OCD disorders can be treated through psychotherapy (talk therapy), medication management, or a combination of these two treatments, but may often require hospitalization for physical stabilization. At A Better Outlook Psychiatry & Addiction, we specialize in treatments focused on medications, but also provide counseling therapy when appropriate. We may refer one of our community partners to you if you require or desire more intensive talk therapy. We can also review the evidence surrounding alternative and complementary treatment options such as herbal supplements.

Your first step is to contact our office for a new patient evaluation. Our providers will not attempt to sell you on or force you to any specific treatment. Think of your first appointment as an education about your diagnosis as well as the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatment options!