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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Specialists Anchorage AK

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Richard Daniel Fuller
(907) 561-0552
Fuller Diagnostics
ANCHORAGE, AK
Services
Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Louisiana State University
Credentialed Since: 2006-07-24

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James W. Coats
(907) 562-5043
4809 Buckingham Way
Anchorage, AK
Services
Psychological Assessment, Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Psychoeducational Evaluation, Crisis Intervention or Disaster Intervention
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Utah
Credentialed Since: 1978-11-01

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Wandal William Winn
(907) 273-9222
4300 B St Ste 202
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Slimline International
(907) 274-0042
401 E Northern Lights Blvd Ste 202
Anchorage, AK
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Anne B Norton
(907) 334-9842
2550 Denali St Suite 1606
Anchorage, AK
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Brown, Wendy
(907) 223-9200
2600 Denali St Suite 606
Anchorage, AK
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Sandberg David D Phd
(907) 258-0065
2550 Denali St
Anchorage, AK
Industry
Hypnotherapist, Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Phillip Neuberger
(907) 562-1996
3201 C St
Anchorage, AK
Specialty
Child Psychiatry

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Access Alaska
(907) 248-4777
121 W Fireweed Ln
Anchorage, AK
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Career Transitions
(907) 274-4500
2600 Denali St
Anchorage, AK
Industry
Life Coach, Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO), Psychologist, Registered Nurse

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - OCD

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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What Is OCD?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as handwashing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called "rituals," however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety.

 Causes

Growing evidence reveals  that OCD has a biological basis. OCD is no longer attributed to family problems or to attitudes learned in childhood. Instead, the search for causes now focuses on the interaction between biological factors and environmental influences.

Research suggests that OCD involves problems in communication between parts of the brain. These problems may be caused by insufficient levels of certain brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters. Drugs that increase the brain concentration of these chemicals often help improve OCD symptoms.

 Signs & Symptoms

People with OCD may be plagued by persistent, unwelcome thoughts or images, or by the urgent need to engage in certain rituals. They may be obsessed with germs or dirt, and wash their hands over and over. They may be filled with doubt and feel the need to check things repeatedly.

 Treatment

Effective treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder are available, and research is yielding new, improved therapies that can help most people with OCD and other anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives.

The most common treatment for OCD is a combination of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy (CBT) and medication.

Behavioral therapy known as “exposure and response prevention”  is very useful for treating OCD. In this approach, a person is deliberately and voluntarily exposed to whatever triggers the obsessive thoughts (exposure) and is then taught techniques to avoid performing the compulsive rituals (response prevention). The cognitive portion of CBT is often added to E/RP to help challenge the irrational beliefs associated with OCD.

Several medications have been proven effective in helping people with OCD, particularly those that increase the level of the neurotransmitter, serotonin. These are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and include Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.

 Outcome

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