You are here


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder associated with repeating uncontrollable thoughts or behaviors that result in fear and worry. In an attempt to reduce this fear and worry, people with OCD often feel they have to perform a specific or series of behaviors (i.e. checking and rechecking locks, repeated hand washing) or thoughts (i.e., counting in patterns). With OCD the obsessive thoughts and repeated behaviors are at extreme levels that overwhelm the person and cause major problems in everyday life, (i.e. frequent thoughts of violence and fear that you will harm people close to you). People with OCD may realize that their thoughts (obsessions) and repeated behaviors (compulsions) do not make sense, but they feel “stuck” and powerless to stop them. People with OCD may check to see if their door is locked 20 times, wash their hands until they are raw, or be unable to throw anything away due to a fear that something bad may happen. People with OCD are frightened to eliminate these ritual behaviors. OCD usually begins during adolescence or young adulthood and without treatment it can become a life-long struggle. With treatment, you can break free of the unwanted thoughts and irrational urges and take back control of your life.

How Prevalent is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that two to three million adults and around 500,000 children and teens in the United States have OCD. OCD is about as equally common in men and in women.

What Causes Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
OCD is believed to be caused by chemicals in the brain and is strongly linked to anxiety. When a person feels anxiety, it may feel like they are in danger. People with OCD may not  initially know how to react, but over time they learn that certain behaviors lessen their anxiety or uncomfortable feelings. Although these behaviors usually don’t make sense to others or the person doing them, they are done because the person has learned that these behaviors briefly make them feel better. OCD in childhood frequently occurs after exposure to the streptococcal virus. People with OCD may also present with depression or eating disorders. 

How Do I Know if I Need Help?
At times, many people may feel the need to double-check the stove to make sure that it’s off--or the door to make sure that it’s locked. For people with OCD, these obsessive thoughts and repeated behaviors are at extremes that cause major problems in everyday life. Obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors can impact all areas of a person’s life (job performance, relationships) If this is the case, you should get help.

What Are Some of the Signs and Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
People with OCD may have reoccurring thoughts about things such as hurting family and friends, germs, intruders, sex, excessive intolerance for imbalance in their environment (e.g., things placed in order, picture slightly crooked being intolerable), and things needing to be perfect. These uncontrollable thoughts result in anxiety and fear. In an attempt to lessen this fear, people with OCD may do behaviors over and over again like counting steps taken, washing hands, keeping unneeded items, and checking and rechecking doors. People with OCD do not enjoy doing these thoughts and behaviors; they know that they get in the way of their daily life.

Getting the Help You Need
Treatment for OCD typically includes medication and counseling in order to learn new ways to manage symptoms. Counseling can help manage the underlying anxiety and learn to challenge the obsessive thoughts and stop the repeated behaviors common in OCD. Families may benefit from counseling as well to help them better understand OCD and teach them how to help their loved ones overcome this controlling illness. 

The competent mental health professionals at OHEL can provide the help needed to empower people impacted by OCD and allow them to regain control and improve their quality of life. Remember, at OHEL, we are only a phone call or a click away from your road to recovery. 

Latest News

NEWS

  • On Sunday, April 26th, OHEL Bais Ezra’s Sibshops program h...
  • Bright and early on Sunday, May 3rd, 26 participants of Team...
  • We are excited to announce that OHEL Sibshops will now be co...
  • OHEL recently launched a new parenting workshop for parents ...
  • Though ubiquitous for centuries, divorce today has increased...
  • NYC Firstly Lady headlined OHEL Children’s Home and Family...
  • The Sibshops Sibatone, a weekend retreat exclusively for tee...
  • On Wednesday, February 25 in the Young Israel of Kew Garden ...
  • OHEL’s School Based Services continues to expand mental he...
  • This past Sunday, OHEL Bais Ezra individuals joined Elisheva...
  • Over 50 students from DRS high school recently joined men an...
  • We are excited to announce that OHEL Sibshops will now be co...
  • Last week, OHEL’s Sibshops program had an ice skating tri...
  • Chanukah is a special time for many of us, and these 8 uniqu...
  • On December 3, 2014 The OHEL Northern New Jersey Regional Fa...
  • More than 1,000 OHEL friends, supporters and family members ...
  • On Sunday evening, November 16th, OHEL Bais Ezra's East 16th...
  • Contrary to what many may believe, there is an ongoing need ...
  • “Works For Me”, a program of The Office of People with D...
  • Moishe Hellman & Mel Zachter, Co-Presidents of OHEL Children...
  • (Brooklyn, NY) - OHEL Children’s Home and Family Service...
  • (Brooklyn, NY) - OHEL Children’s and Family Services is pr...
  • Leveraging a breadth of 45 years experience which has primar...
  • This past week, OHEL’s Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS)...
  • OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services has now launched ...
  • On the Shabbos of August 9, Shabbos Nachamu, OHEL Children...
  • Jason Cury, President of the Gruss Monument Life Fund and Ju...
  • On Friday, August 1st, HALB's Avnet Country Day School--the ...
  • This week, the finishing touches were put onto OHEL’s new ...
  • Contributions to OHEL’s Camp Scholarship Fund double the f...
  • Last week, an informational evening was hosted by a focus gr...
  • This past Sunday, the Special Projects Department of OHEL Ba...
  • Amongst the end of year celebrations, girls ages 6-11 were t...
  • The 140+ golfers who came to show support for OHEL at their ...
  • OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services provides a multit...
  • On Tuesday May 20th, OHEL Children’s Home and Family Servi...
  • Siblings of brothers and sisters with disabilities recently ...
  • Bright and early on Sunday, May 4th, 26 participants of Team...
  • In just 2 years, the Sibshop program at OHEL Children’s Ho...
  • OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services along with The Orth...
  • It was a cold Sunday morning, but that didn’t stop over 30...
  • On May 20th, OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services will b...
  • While many people hit snooze on their alarm clock, slowly ge...
  • For the past year and a half, OHEL has been an active partic...
  • Last week, OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services particip...
  • Recently, OHEL Children’s Home & Family Services was invit...
  • OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services is proud to annou...
  • OHEL recently hosted over forty post-divorce “Devoted Dads...
  • It’s a Mitzvah on Purim to send mishloach manot, but makin...
  • In today’s stressful world, there are many challenges, pre...
  • The problem of divorce in the Jewish world has gained much a...
  • During the last week in December, many of the schools attend...
  • Over the past few years, OHEL Children’s Home and Family S...
  • Over the past few years, the Family Services Division of OHE...
  • OHEL educates and treats victims of child sexual abuse and h...
  • Baby boomers, Generation X, Millennials, Sandwich Generation...
  • One usually comes to Ateres Chaya, a grand Simcha hall locat...
  • On the 8th night of Chanukah, OHEL Children’s Home and Fam...
  • The attendance of over 1,200 guests and high ranking elected...
  • Why do some children and teens “lose it” over seemingly ...
  • Project Hope at OHEL has served thousands of individuals and...
  • Over 200 participants from New York to Los Angeles, Toronto ...
  • OHEL’s Camp Kaylie is excited to announce its new Masmidim...
  • This past Tuesday, OHEL’s Sibshops program was treated to ...
  • Camp Kaylie at OHEL is excited to announce the latest additi...
  • On Tuesday, September 24th OHEL’s 41st Street residence h...
  • Twenty women from four of OHEL Bais Ezra’s New York group ...
  • This past week, OHEL’s Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS)...
  • In just three short years Camp Kaylie has transformed the ca...
  • This summer, 4 year old campers from Ruach Day Camp’s K’...
  • OHEL’s Director of Operations, Simcha Feuerman, LCSW-R rel...
  • To better serve the community, OHEL Children’s Home and Fa...
  • OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services and Gourmet Glatt...
  • On Tuesday July 23rd, Team OHEL had an appreciation BBQ in B...
  • The unique relationship between siblings is well known. The ...
  • On July 11, Camp Avnet once again participated in their annu...
  • This past Rosh Chodesh, as on every Rosh Chodesh, OHEL Bais ...
  • On June 12, a large group of adult men and women from OHEL...
  • OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services is proud to welco...
  • OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services is proud to annou...
  • The excitement was palpable up at Camp Kaylie on Friday July...
  • To accommodate the growing needs of the community, OHEL rece...
  • On Monday, June 17 2013, the residents of OHEL Bais Ezra’s...
  • Monday, June 10 was a special night for the men of the OHEL ...
  • On June 4th, Over 200 professionals, parents, and advocates ...
  • On Shabbos June 15th, Harriet Blank, OHEL's Director of Geri...
  • Throughout the month of May, students from SKA high school i...
  • On Shabbat June15th, Charlie Harary, a longtime friend and s...
  • On Monday, June 17th, the women from Bais Ezra’s Woodmere ...
  • OHEL Bais Ezra Residents Welcomed in Communities of Great Ne...
  • OHEL Discusses Trauma on Nachum Segal Radio Show. On Tuesday...
  • Touro and OHEL: Delivering Services in an In Increasingly Ra...
  • Oklahoma Tragedy, OHEL Provides Pointers to Parents and Scho...
  • OHEL Bais Ezra’s Annual Chol Haomoed Adventure Brings Smil...
  • Have a Disability and Looking to Engage with Others, Sociali...
  • OHEL’S New Five Towns Office Meets Increasing Needs of Eve...
  • OHEL Annual Gala 2013 Over 1,000 Counted as Friends of OHEL...
  • OHEL Bais Ezra’s Sibshops Program Empowers Siblings Who Ha...
  • OHEL Bais Ezra’s East Broadway Home Hosts Community-Wide B...
  • Camp Kaylie Inaugurates The Elly and Brochie Kleinman Bais M...
  • OHEL Bais Ezra’s Sibshops Program Empowers Siblings and G...
  • Kaylie Day: A Dream Fulfilled 200 Campers and Staff Welcome...
  • A RECIPE OF FUN! Pomegranate’s Chef Boris Grills Up a Gre...
  • OHEL GOLF CLASSIC BENEFITS CHILDREN! 200 Tee off at Glen Oa...
  • OHEL INSTITUTE FOR TRAINING WORKSHOP “ADDRESSESING CHALLE...
  • OHEL INSTITUTE FOR TRAINING ADDRESSES EATING DISORDERS IN WO...
  • Over 400 Celebrates Purim at OHEL Matisyahu Musical Benefi...
  • New OHEL Video Colorizes the World of Mental Health Profess...
  • OHEL Appoints Seasoned Professional As New Director of Deve...
  • Reggae Star MATISYAHU To Perform at Purim OHEL Musical Benef...
  • Team OHEL Wins For OHEL Bais Ezra Kids...
  • Parents and Teachers Learn How to Create Confidence at OHEL...
  • Shloime Dachs Annual Siyum and BBQ Benefiting the Children o...
  • MALKY GINIGER PRESENTS A STAR-STUDDED NEW SHOW AND THE BEST ...

ARTICLES

  • The recent release of the movie The Imitation Game is about ...
  • Before she reached her first birthday, Temima*, now 25, was ...
  • While most people would describe the aftereffects of Hurrica...
  • A child known to have been diagnosed with Autism enters shul...
  • Community Day brings together students and faculty to discus...
  • For nearly 18 years, Yossi and his wife Goldy have enjoyed a...
  • Many years ago, after I had my first child and prepared to g...
  • Over the years, our community has become greatly enriched by...
  • In a nondescript building deep in the heart of Boro Park lie...
  • The most unbearable feeling that many parents experience is ...
  • Yaakov was admired from a distance. Many boys in the yeshiva...
  • The Jewish Observer has, for decades, been instrumental in e...
  • In many cities, the pulse of tourism may be best viewed thro...
  • How does the Orthodox Jewish community view disabilities? Ho...
  • When you really consider it, it was such a "normal" event, b...
  • “I want to be even thinner” “I need to fit into my spe...
  • Who is she? What does she look like? Does she bow her head i...
  • In the not too distant past, individuals with disabilities w...
  • In the context of a lifetime, twenty years is a relatively s...
  • Developmentally, girls are known to be verbally precocious a...
  • Yonatan* is a 40 year-old man who lives in Boro Park. He loo...
  • Let us compare the concept of the survivors of the Shoah, Th...
  • At 19, Robert was diagnosed with a mental illness. His mothe...
  • On the second day of Pesach, a Sunday morning, April 9, 1944...
  • I sit at the table in the Yeshiva dining room oblivious to t...
  • The awareness and acceptance of depression as an illness has...
  • Many words are spoken and written on the importance of a qua...

donate online