Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, commonly known as OCD, is a mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is often misunderstood, and people living with it are stigmatized because of the symptoms they exhibit. In this blog post, we aim to shed light on what OCD is, its symptoms, and how it can be treated. At Orlando Thrive Therapy, we understand how overwhelming the experience can be, and we are committed to helping individuals living with OCD get the support they need.

OCD is a mental health condition characterized by a pattern of intrusive, recurring, and distressing thoughts or obsessions that lead to repetitive behaviors or compulsions. People with OCD often feel compelled to perform these rituals or behaviors to reduce their anxiety, even though they recognize that the thoughts are unreasonable. This can affect their daily life, relationships, and overall quality of life.

Common symptoms of OCD include frequent and intrusive thoughts about cleanliness, safety, or order. Individuals affected by OCD may perform repetitive behaviors, such as repeatedly washing their hands, checking if something is locked or unplugged, or organizing objects in a specific way. They may also avoid situations that trigger their obsessive thoughts, or they may spend an excessive amount of time cleaning or performing rituals, which can be very time-consuming and disruptive.

The exact cause of OCD is unknown, but it is believed to be the result of a combination of genetic, environmental, and cognitive factors. OCD is treated using a combination of medication and therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is an effective treatment for OCD. This treatment helps individuals learn how to manage their symptoms by identifying and changing negative thought patterns and learning new coping skills.

At Orlando Thrive Therapy, we offer individual counseling in Orlando, FL, which provides personalized care and support for individuals living with OCD. Our therapists tailor treatment plans according to the unique needs of each individual. We offer a safe and supportive environment where individuals can explore their thoughts and feelings with the help of an experienced therapist. Additionally, we offer online counseling services, which provide flexibility and convenience for those who cannot attend in-person sessions.


Living with OCD can be challenging, but with the right treatment and support, individuals living with this condition can learn to manage their symptoms effectively. It is essential to seek help from an experienced therapist who can provide individualized care and support to help manage OCD symptoms. At Orlando Thrive Therapy, we provide comprehensive care and support to individuals living with OCD, and we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve wellness and lead fulfilling lives. Contact us today to learn how we can help.

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Heather Oller

Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at (407) 592-8997 for more information.