My adult patients often describe OCD as all-consuming, taking away from important aspects of their life. My child patients call OCD “Mr. Bossy” or the “Worry Monster.” Parents of children affected by OCD are often confused by the way OCD has stripped their children from being themselves, going to school, or having fun.
What is OCD?
Common Types of OCD
OCD Treatment: Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
I also treat the following OCD Related Disorders:
Individuals diagnosed with hoarding disorder have difficulty getting rid of possessions that are no longer useful. They may collect random items, such as rocks, paper wrappers, and a variety of things that may seem worthless, but they are emotionally attached to. These items may accumulate until their home is so cluttered that it is no longer liveable, or experience significant distress when others try to clean their room or get rid of items.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
BDD is characterized by a fixation with physical flaws that may be slight or not even noticeable by others, but cause extreme distress. Individuals with BDD often work hard and spend a lot of time hiding their perceived flaws. They often perform repetitive behaviors (checking mirrors, applying and reapplying makeup, comparing themselves with others, excessively grooming, repeatedly asking others if they look ok) or avoidance behaviors (avoiding mirrors, social situations, school, or work).