Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment in Temecula, CA
Treatment in Temecula, CA
"OCD" onset TYPICALLY STARTS AT 7 YEARS OLD.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as hand-washing, counting or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called “rituals,” however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety. Research suggests that OCD involves problems in communication between the front part of the brain and deeper structures. These brain structures use a chemical messenger called serotonin.
What are the symptoms of OCD
OCD causes severe anxiety in those affected and involves both obsessions and compulsions that interfere with daily life. Obsessions are persistent ideas, thoughts, impulses or images that are experienced as intrusive and inappropriate and cause marked anxiety or distress. The most common obsessions are repeated thoughts about contamination, repeated doubts, a need to have things in a particular order, aggressive or horrific impulses, and sexual imagery. Compulsions are the individuals attempt to suppress such thoughts or impulses or to neutralize them with some other thought or action. These can include repetitive behaviors, such as hand washing, ordering or checking on things; or mental acts, such as praying, counting, or repeating words silently.
The Aspire Wellness Program
For admittance at our Temecula, CA offices, we require that the individual is willing to participate in outpatient Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and medication management by our licensed psychiatrists. Each individual admitted to the Aspire Wellness Clinic program will have a therapist and be receiving medication treatment from our outpatient psychiatrist.
In addition, sometimes the therapist and client will mutually agree that a consultation with our in-house psychiatrist, Dr. Baroya, would be beneficial for medication management.