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Laurie Edwards
(808) 772-0423
40 Aulike Street Suite 411
Kailua, HI
Services
Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Eating Disorder (e.g., compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/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: Alliant International University - San Francisco Bay
Credentialed Since: 2009-02-17

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Helene J. Satz
(808) 261-5355
445 Kawailoa Road #10
Kailua, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Massachusetts School Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 1987-04-07

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Doug Fitch Schwartzsmith
(808) 261-3684
231 Awakea Rd.
Kailua, HI
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Denver
Credentialed Since: 2008-07-23

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Leonard S Jacobs
(808) 254-5385
970 N Kalaheo Ave
Kailua, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Matthew Albert Ikeda
(808) 433-0660
459 Patterson Rd
Honolulu, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Janice K Friend
(808) 254-9594
970 N Kalaheo Ave
Kailua, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Amy Elizabeth Eagan
(808) 262-7799
328 Uluniu Street
Kailua, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Ohio St U
Credentialed Since: 1997-05-12

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SoulWorks
(808) 956-8710
150 Hamakua Dr
Kailua, HI

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Bradley Cordell Tolstedt
(808) 261-1262
350 Aoloa Street
Kailua, HI
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Kent State University
Credentialed Since: 2003-08-26

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Kathleen M. Lysell
(808) 433-0045
459 Patterson Rd
Honolulu, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Couples Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Florida Institute of Technology
Credentialed Since: 1996-07-29

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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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