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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Specialists Honolulu HI

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Wen-Shing Tseng
(808) 535-5975
677 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Thomas A. Glass
(808) 521-9720
2443 Pacific Heights Rd
Honolulu, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Credentialed Since: 1975-09-22

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Queen's Medical Center the
(808) 538-9011
1301 Punchbowl St
Honolulu, HI
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Joseph Andrew Cook
(808) 586-2900
1356 Lusitana St
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Jon Streltzer
(808) 535-5975
677 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Robert John maurice Collis
(808) 531-9099
1188 Bishop St Ste 607
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Barbara Higa Rogers
(808) 392-3097
1188 Bishop Street #1607
Honolulu, HI
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Couples Psychotherapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse)
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Hawaii
Credentialed Since: 2007-02-07

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Junji Takeshita
(808) 535-5975
677 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Chalsa M Loo
(808) 526-2008
Finance Factors Center
Honolulu, HI
Services
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Cultural Diversity Issues, Couples Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Ohio St U
Credentialed Since: 1997-02-24

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Gale R Beardsley
(808) 537-2665
600 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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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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