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Craig E. DeGree
(701) 530-7300
St. Alexius Med Ctr
Bismarck, ND
Services
Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Career Assessment and Counseling, School-based Consultation, Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Kansas
Credentialed Since: 1989-05-30

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North Dakota Federation of Families
(701) 222-3310
523 N 4th St
Bismarck, ND
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Terry M Johnson
(701) 530-7000
900 E Broadway Ave
Bismarck, ND
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Michael Capan
(701) 530-7000
900 E Broadway Avenue
Bismarck, ND
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Thomas James Eick
(701) 328-8888
1237 W Divide Ave
Bismarck, ND
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Elsa Maria Remer
(701) 323-9500
200 E Main Ave
Bismarck, ND
Specialty
Psychiatry

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David R Mack
(701) 530-7000
900 E Broadway Avenue
Bismarck, ND
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Edward P. Kehrwald
(701) 328-8844
W, Central Human Scr Ctr
Bismarck, ND
Services
Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U No Dakota
Credentialed Since: 1988-05-16

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Robin M Haaland
(701) 323-6543
414 N 7th St
Bismarck, ND
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Melissa Jo Henke
(701) 323-6000
414 N 7th St
Bismarck, ND
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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.

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