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Adult & Adolescent Psychiatrist located in Oak Brook, IL

OCD services offered in Oak Brook, IL

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects people of all ages. It causes unwanted thoughts and anxiety that trigger compulsive behaviors. Akwetey Akrong, PMHNP-BC, and the team at Reverence Behavioral Health Services understand how OCD affects your life and want to help you take back control. To schedule an OCD consultation, call the office in Oak Brook, Illinois, or book an appointment online today.


What is OCD?

Obsessive compulsive-disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic mental health condition characterized by unwanted thoughts and uncontrollable behaviors. 

The unwanted thoughts in people with OCD cause fear and anxiety. Then, they engage in ritualistic behaviors to relieve the fear and anxiety. This pattern repeats over and over again, affecting daily life.

OCD affects people of all ages. Reverence Behavioral Health Services has adult and adolescent psychiatrists specializing in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating OCD.

What are the symptoms of OCD?

OCD symptoms fall into two categories: Obsessions and compulsions. Though these symptoms often go together, you can have only obsessive or compulsive symptoms.

Obsession symptoms

Obsession symptoms are unwanted thoughts or urges that cause distress and anxiety. These persistent and disruptive thoughts make it hard to concentrate on anything but the unwanted thought or urge. 

Compulsion symptoms

Compulsion symptoms of OCD are repetitive behaviors you feel compelled to perform to reduce anxiety or to prevent something awful from happening.

Someone with OCD may have an intense fear of germs, so they compulsively wash their hands. Yes, you should wash your hands regularly to reduce the risk of illness. However, with OCD, the fear of germs is so intense that hand washing and disinfecting take up hours, interfering with daily life.

When should I seek professional help for OCD?

You should seek professional help for OCD from the team at Reverence Behavioral Health Services if you have OCD symptoms that affect how you live. 

The team takes an integrative and patient-centered approach to care. They listen intently to your concerns and goals to get all the information they need to change your life for the better.

They review your symptoms, medical and mental health history, family history, and daily routine. They may also run psychological tests to better understand your thought patterns and emotions.

What treatments help manage OCD?

The Reverence Behavioral Health Services team customizes your OCD treatment plan based on your goals and strengths. Your treatment plan may include medication management, psychotherapy, or both.

The team works closely with you, providing the guidance and support that puts you back in control of your life and mental health. 

For expert OCD help from a highly skilled team, call Reverence Behavioral Health Services or schedule an appointment online today.