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Obessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is characterized by unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, or images (obsessions) and engaging in behaviors or acts (compulsions) in response to these thoughts. You may feel distressed or anxious because of these obsessions or compulsions and they may interfere with your daily life. You may find it hard to stop them or control them.

OCD -Obsessions or Compulsions

Symptoms of OCD:

To be diagnosed with OCD you must have the presence of time consuming Obsessions, Compulsions, or both:

Obsessions are defined by recurrent, intrusive, and unwanted thoughts, urges or images that cause anxiety or distress. You might attempt to ignore, suppress, or neutralize these thoughts with another thought or action.

Compulsions are defined as repetitive behaviors (hand washing, checking) or mental acts (counting) that you may feel driven to perform in response to an obsession.  These behaviors are aimed at reducing distress; however they may be excessive or not connected in a realistic way with what they are designed to neutralize.  


At Brightland Health we believe the best treatment for OCD is a combination of medications and therapy. Our team of Chicago Psychiatrists and Therapists in the Lincoln Park/Lakeview area can help you overcome this condition and alleviate symptoms

Medications might include antidepressants:

  • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Zolfot (Sertraline)

  • Tricyclic Antidepressants
  • Anafranil (Clomipramine)

Therapy might involve Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy. 

Call today to meet with one of our experienced clinicians and get the help you deserve. 

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