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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Specialists Kapaa HI

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Robert A. Horne
(808) 245-6116
5733 Koali Street
Kapaa, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Family Psychotherapy
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Alliant International University - Los Angeles
Credentialed Since: 1981-01-02

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Dianne M. Gerard
(808) 246-4501
4371 Puaole St, Suite B
Lihue, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Michigan State University
Credentialed Since: 1988-03-14

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Krishna Kumar
(808) 332-8433
4100 Oni Pl
Kalaheo, HI
Specialty
Psychiatry

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Dawson Joan Psyd
(808) 822-5881
4566 Ohia
Kapaa, HI
 
Brown Robert J PhD
(808) 822-5881
4-1579 Kuhio
Kapaa, HI
 
Gerald James McKenna
(808) 246-0663
4374 Kukui Grove St
Lihue, HI
Specialty
Neuropsychiatry

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Jackie L. Guadagnoli
(808) 246-1114
2970 Kele St, Ste 109
Lihue, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Life Threatening/Terminal Disease, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: New Mexico State University
Credentialed Since: 2000-08-07

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Kenneth W. Gilstein
(808) 652-9422
3579 Kaloke Road
Kalaheo, HI
Services
Family Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Individual Psychotherapy, Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Utah State University
Credentialed Since: 1983-03-10

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Schunk, Rick
(808) 639-2651
PO Box 1210
Kapaa, HI
 
Pacific Clinic
(808) 823-6535
4500 Niu
Kapaa, HI
 
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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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