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Seemuth Stephanie
(641) 423-0711
1327 6th St SW
Mason City, IA
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Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO)

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Brink Doug Lmft Lisw
(641) 423-3778
202 1st St SE
Mason City, IA
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Mental Health Professional

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Mental Health Center of North Iowa
(641) 424-2075
235 S Eisenhower Ave
Mason City, IA
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Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Family Connections
(641) 421-2525
1000 4th St SW
Mason City, IA
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Mental Health Professional, Midwife, Osteopath (DO), Psychologist

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North Iowa Transition Center
(641) 424-8180
115 2nd St NE
Mason City, IA
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Mental Health Professional

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Mark E LaSsise
(641) 422-6850
250 S Crescent Dr
Mason City, IA
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Psychiatry

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Daniel E. Courtney
(641) 424-2075
Mental Hlth Ctr of North Iowa
Mason City, IA
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Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Northern Illinois University
Credentialed Since: 1989-08-21

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Michael Adams Blackmore
(641) 422-9000
20 5th St Nw
Mason City, IA
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Psychiatry

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Dale A Armstrong
(641) 422-6850
5 N Federal Ave
Mason City, IA
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Psychiatry

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Renew Center
(641) 424-9998
2 S Adams Ave
Mason City, IA
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Mental Health Professional

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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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