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Pleasanton, CA 94566
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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a potentially disabling illness that traps people in endless cycles of repetitive thoughts and behaviors. People with OCD are plagued by recurring and distressing thoughts, fears, or images (obsessions) that they cannot control. The anxiety (nervousness) produced by these thoughts leads to an urgent need to perform certain rituals or routines (compulsions). The compulsive rituals are performed in an attempt to prevent the obsessive thoughts or make them go away.

Although the ritual may make the anxiety go away temporarily, the person must perform the ritual again when the obsessive thoughts return. This OCD cycle can progress to the point of taking up hours of the person's day and significantly interfering with normal activities. People with OCD may be aware that their obsessions and compulsions are senseless or unrealistic, but they cannot stop themselves.

OCD afflicts about 3.3 million adults and about 1 million children and adolescents in the U.S. It occurs about equally in men and women and affects people of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds.

If you or someone you know is struggling with OCD, Tri-Valley Psychotherapy can help. Work with psychotherapist, Dr. Christine Dickson to confront your fears and reduce anxiety without performing ritual behaviors.

Call (923) 523-1397 for an appointment today!