Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurring, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) or behaviors (compulsions). Many individuals with OCD recognize that the constant cycle of rituals and impulses is excessive or irrational, however, logic and reasoning provide no relief. OCD can significantly interfere with daily functioning and cause great distress.

Signs & Symptoms

Common compulsions include:

  • Excessive cleaning of self or surroundings
  • Repeated checking of locks, light switches, appliances, personal appearance
  • The need to order and arrange objects in a particular, symmetrical way

Common obsessions include:

  • Fear of germs or contamination
  • Fear of violent, religious, or sexual intrusive thoughts
  • Hyper awareness of bodily sensations (i.e. breathing, blinking, swallowing)
  • Believing that the mere presence of “bad” thoughts can cause death or tragedy


While there is no cure for OCD, with treatment, most patients experience significant symptom relief and are able to lead enjoyable, fulfilling lives. OCD responds well to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), especially a form known as exposure and response prevention. At True Life Center, a treatment plan for OCD would include CBT with exposure therapy, as well as psychiatric interventions with thoughtful use of medication, and a customized program of integrative services. Through True Life’s neurobiological approach – which combines acupuncture, fitness, mindfulness, yoga and nutrition with psychotherapy and psychiatric interventions – patients with OCD learn to mitigate anxiety’s impact on the mind and body, and develop strategies for sustainable health practices.