What We Treat
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by unwanted, intrusive thoughts that result in distress and lead to compulsive behaviors that are meant to get rid of the thoughts and painful feelings. Unfortunately, like a knot that is pulled tighter and tighter, people with OCD can become stuck in this cycle, spending large amount of time and energy in the OCD loop.
Related to OCD are Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCRD), which include Hoarding, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (like skin-picking and hair-pulling). More information about these difficulties can be found here.
Anxiety Disorders are a group of related problems where the level of anxiety a person is experiencing causes suffering and impacts their ability to function. They are differentiated by the contexts that the person experiences the anxiety. For example, people with Social Anxiety Disorder experience anxiety about social situations, fearing rejection and negative evaluation in social and performance-related situations. In Generalized Anxiety Disorder, people experience anxiety about many experiences (work, family, health, friendships), which results in worry and painful physiological symptoms. In Panic Disorder, people have sudden symptoms of anxiety and panic that arise out of the blue and may cause concern about health.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is set of symptoms that can occur after a person has experienced a life-threatening event. These symptoms include re-experiencing the event (in thoughts, dreams, or feelings), trying to avoid remembering the event (by pushing down thoughts or avoiding places), startling more easily, and thinking about themselves and the world in negative ways. It is important to know that right after a traumatic event, most people experience these symptoms. They are normal responses to a traumatic situation. However, if these symptoms do not improve over time, then a person may need help recovering.
Experiences of racism and discrimination can lead to stress, anxiety, PTSD, and depression. Even low-levels of discrimination experienced on a regular basis can result in psychological problems. Discrimination-related traumatic experiences can range from frequent ambiguous microaggressions to blatant hate crimes and physical assault. Microaggressions are subtle, pervasive acts of racial discrimination against stigmatized minorities. These may be brief remarks, vague insults, or even non-verbal exchanges. Chronic fear of everyday bias may induce constant vigilance or paranoia, which over time may result in PTSD-like symptoms, or even contribute to PTSD when a more stressful event occurs.