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Roberta Karibo Bennett
(802) 442-3520
160 Benmont Ave
Bennington, VT
Specialty
Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry

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Lisa Karen Catapano-Friedman
(802) 442-3757
357 Shields Dr.
Bennington, VT
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Steven Anthony Sola
(802) 447-0432
1167 South Stream Rd
Bennington, VT
Services
Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Psychological Assessment, Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Couples Psychotherapy, Disability Determination or Worker Compensation Evaluation
Ages Served
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Delaware
Credentialed Since: 1978-03-22

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Elaine S. Hantman
(413) 458-4213
10 Meadow St
Williamstown, MA
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Languages Spoken
French,Hebrew
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of South Carolina
Credentialed Since: 1984-04-03

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William Estabrook
(413) 664-5000
71 Hospital Ave
North Adams, MA
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Karin F Mack
(802) 442-5491
100 Ledgehill Rd
Bennington, VT
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Catherine M Hickey
(802) 442-5491
100 Ledgehill Rd
Bennington, VT
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Lydia B Carollo Pa-C Lmt
(413) 664-5721
197 Adams Rd
Williamstown, MA
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Washington County Mental Health Clinic
(518) 677-3441
15 W Main St
Cambridge, NY
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Marc Cohen
(802) 257-0319
Bennington, VT
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Rehabilitation, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor

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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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