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OCD Clinic at Butler Hospital, Providence, RI

OCD Treatment Options

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder of both brain and behavior. Individuals with OCD experience automatic and intrusive thoughts (obsessions), which trigger high levels of anxiety.

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Comprehensive Treatment for People with OCD

Butler Hospital is a center of expertise in the treatment and research of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Through research taking place at Butler, such as genetics studies, people with severe OCD can access innovative new ways to treat their disease while advancing medical science. The team of clinical experts is also dedicated to providing comprehensive care to patients with medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, and support groups.

If you are interested in learning more about OCD treatment and research at Butler Hospital, please call (401) 455-6484.

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder of both brain and behavior. Individuals with OCD experience automatic and intrusive thoughts (obsessions), which trigger high levels of anxiety. The individual responds to these obsessions by engaging in repetitive acts (compulsions) in an attempt to decrease the anxiety and escape from the obsessions.

Obsessions and compulsions need to be time consuming and result in functional impairment in order to have a diagnosis of OCD. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, OCD affects between two and three million adults in the United States.

Types of OCD

Research suggests there are five main subtypes of OCD:

  • Contamination with washing/cleaning.
  • Harm obsessions with checking compulsions.
  • Obsessions without visible compulsions, known as “pure obsessions.”
  • Obsessions related to symmetry with ordering, arranging and counting compulsions.
  • Hoarding.