At Ayre Counseling we understand that Obsessions and Compulsions can significantly impact your life and the world around you. We will work with you to help you understand that your, uncontrollable thoughts, impulses and rituals can be addressed in a positive and supportive environment.
Behavioral or Process Disorders
Behavioral or Process Disorders are compulsive behaviors such as eating disorders, gambling, excessive exercising, uncontrollable shopping, gaming, sexual activity that can cause significant distress in one’s life and of those around them at home or work. Process Addiction is the term often used to describe an addiction that is not related to alcohol, drugs or other mind-altering substances. This becomes a treatable issue when a habit becomes an addiction.
Process addictions are closely tied to impulse control and the inability to resist the impulse resulting in behavior that can cause emotional and/or physical distress.
At Ayre Counseling we treat Process Addictions with evidence-based treatment that includes MET-Motivational Enhancement Therapy, CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other principles of positive motivational psychology.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Reports show that as many as 1 in 40 adults and 1 in 100 children demonstrate some level of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Obsessive Compulsive traits. Many individuals with OCD can understand that their behavior is not rational but feel compelled to repeat an act or a thought to the point where it prevents them from enjoying life. These thoughts and behaviors cause tremendous distress that others may notice, take up a significant amount of time, prevent you from accomplishing everyday tasks and responsibilities, and interfere with your most treasured relationships.
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
OCD is considered an anxiety disorder, as people affected by this mental illness experience severe anxiety as the result of obsessive thoughts. Many times extensive rituals are undertaken in an attempt to reduce the anxiety caused by obsessions.
Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Compulsions are behaviors that have to be done over and over again to relieve anxiety.
Obsessions are thoughts, images, or ideas that won’t go away, are unwanted, and are extremely distressing or worrying. Compulsions are often related to obsessions
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder affects about 2.5% of people over their lifetime usually beginning around late adolescence/young adulthood. OCD is often difficult to diagnose by parents and teachers in young children and teenagers, due to hiding of symptoms for fear of requiring treatment or medication
A variety of medications are effective in reducing the frequency and severity of symptoms. Many of the medications that are effective in treating OCD, such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and Anafranil affect levels of serotonin.
At Ayre Counseling we utilize evidence-based therapies to treat OCD including Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT).
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