OCD

Gordon Psychology Group

Intensive Outpatient Program & Partial Hospitalization Center located in Laguna Hills, CA

Approximately 1 in 40 people in the United States is affected by obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a long-term illness that can have a serious impact on your ability to function normally. At Gordon Psychology Group, Dr. William Gordon and his staff offer effective solutions that help patients in Laguna Hills, California, live without the burden of OCD. To request an appointment, call the office or use the online booking tool.

OCD Q & A

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects people in two very distinct ways: First, it brings on recurring thoughts. Secondly, these thoughts spur recurrent behaviors — in other words, obsessions and compulsions. The illness is a cruel cycle in which you’re unable to control your thoughts and the only way to find release is by acting on them.


What are the symptoms of OCD?

OCD is a two-part illness with clear identifiers in each category. Under the obsessive component, you may experience:

  • Relentless and recurring thoughts
  • Uncontrollable urges
  • Flashing mental images

Prime examples of obsession are fear of contamination, forbidden thoughts about sex or religion, and the need to have order or symmetry.

When it comes to compulsion, you may find yourself:

  • Doing something to excess, like washing your hands
  • Counting
  • Repeatedly checking something, like whether you locked the doors or turned off appliances
  • Putting things in order

Distinguishing between cautious behavior and OCD can be tricky, but if you find yourself with irrational fears and behaviors that cause you anxiety or occupy too much time (an hour or more of your day), OCD might be at play.

This disorder may come and go, but it usually doesn’t resolve itself on its own, which is why seeking professional help at Gordon Psychology Group is a good idea.


How is OCD treated?

When you first come in, Dr. Gordon sits down with you to review your symptoms and behaviors. If he suspects that OCD might be at the heart of your troubles, he recommends a treatment plan that will help you regain control over your life, including:

  • Prescription medications, such as selective antidepressants
  • Group or one-on-one counseling
  • Intensive outpatient programs
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

The goal at Gordon Psychology Group is to help you feel more connected and in control, and your treatment plan may involve several different therapies in order to accomplish this. Rest assured that the team works tirelessly to help you overcome the obsessions and compulsions that have taken over your life.

For effective treatment of OCD, call Gordon Psychology Group or fill out the online form to request an appointment.