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Denali Counseling
(907) 746-1558
642 S Alaska St Ste 207
Palmer, AK
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Edwin (Ben) Crawford
(907) 746-1149
P.O. Box 4646
Palmer, AK
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Group Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Loyola University of Chicago
Credentialed Since: 1991-08-12

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Ellen J Halverson
(907) 373-8080
1700 Bogard Rd
Wasilla, AK
Specialty
Psychiatry

Data Provided By:
Heller Margaret Pa
(907) 376-2411
1363 W Spruce Ave
Wasilla, AK
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO)

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Lawes L. Lawrence, LCSW
(907) 357-7582
7292 W. Cambridge
Knik, AK
 
New Dawn Llc
(907) 746-1956
1130 W Auklet Ave
Palmer, AK
Industry
Mental Health Professional

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Providence Matanuska Health Care
(907) 352-6200
1700 E BOGARD RD
Wasilla, AK
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Osteopath (DO), Physical Therapist, Psychologist, Registered Nurse

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Providence Behavioral Medicine Group
(907) 373-8080
1700 E BOGARD RD # 201
Wasilla, AK
Industry
Mental Health Professional

Data Provided By:
Henderson Gail Lcsw
(907) 357-1629
1075 S Check St
Wasilla, AK
Industry
Mental Health Professional

Data Provided By:
Nancy Becker Lehman
(907) 550-2300
4001 Dale St
Anchorage, AK
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.

 Outcome

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