New Treatment for OCD in Iowa City

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that causes severe anxiety due to repetitive, fearful thoughts that compel you toward certain behaviors.

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that causes severe anxiety due to repetitive, fearful thoughts that compel you toward certain behaviors. Behaviors like repeated tapping, counting, or hand washing are done in an attempt to relieve anxiety and quiet unwanted, repetitive thought patterns.

Your behaviors, like your own thoughts, are unique to you. They may be more exaggerated in some settings than others and may center on specific themes.

Common OCD behaviors include:

  • Counting in specific patterns
  • Counting items around you
  • Repeating words or phrases
  • Washing hands
  • Locking doors or checking the stove
  • Pulling hair or causing pain in some way

Symptoms may worsen as you age or when you are under extreme stress. Treatment is aimed at relieving the underlying anxiety compelling you toward these behaviors.

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