Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Davie, FL

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Davie, FL

Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at TMZ Behavioral Care: What is OCD?

Mental health disorders such as OCD are characterized by persistent, intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive mental acts (compulsions). These behaviors are not merely habits but are driven by distressing thoughts, leading to significant disruptions in daily life.

Key Features of OCD


These are intrusive thoughts, images, or urges that cause significant distress or anxiety. Common addictions might include fears of contamination, fears of harming oneself or others, fears of making a mistake or needing things symmetrical or in a particular order.


To reduce anxiety caused by obsessions or prevent a feared event or situation, a person feels driven to perform certain behaviors or mental acts. For instance, someone worried about contamination might wash their hands repeatedly.

Time Consuming

OCD symptoms typically occupy more than an hour a day in the individual's life, causing significant distress and hindering daily functioning.

Beyond Control

People with OCD might try to ignore or stop the obsessions, but that only increases their distress and anxiety. To relieve their stress, they perform compulsive acts, even if they recognize that their addictions are not valid.


The severity of OCD can vary with time. Symptoms might wax and wane over the years. Some people experience significant improvement with treatment, while others struggle with symptoms.

OCD: Beyond the Stereotypes

While popular culture often associates OCD with excessive cleanliness, the reality is far more complex. It's essential to differentiate between being meticulous and the overwhelming compulsions that characterize OCD. At TMZ Behavioral Care, we emphasize understanding the depth of challenges faced by those with OCD.

Recognizing OCD Symptoms

OCD manifests in two primary ways:

Obsessive Thoughts

Persistent and distressing thoughts, such as excessive worry about germs on surfaces.


Ritualistic behaviors stemming from obsessions, like repeated hand-washing due to germ-related fears.

Common symptoms include:

Avoiding specific triggers

Tendency to hoard items

Experiencing panic attacks

Experiencing nightmares related to obsessions

Feeling guilt or stress over compulsive actions

Root Causes of OCD

It is unknown what causes OCD, but several factors contribute to its onset:


A family history of OCD increases the likelihood of developing the disorder

Environmental Factors

Traumatic events or significant life changes can trigger OCD in predisposed individuals

Brain Chemistry & Structure

Imbalances in neurotransmitters or specific brain areas might play a role

Effective Treatment Approaches

At TMZ Behavioral Care, we believe in a holistic approach tailored to each individual's unique needs. Our treatment modalities include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

A specialized form of CBT

Group Therapy Sessions

Medication Management

Fluoxetine, Clomipramine, Fluvoxamine, Paroxetine, and Sertraline

TMZ Behavioral Care's Telehealth Services

We understand the importance of accessibility in mental health care. That's why we offer both in-person and telehealth services. With telehealth, you can connect with our therapists and psychiatrists from home, ensuring safety and convenience. If you're considering telehealth for OCD treatment, reach out to TMZ Behavioral Care today. We're here to guide you every step of the way.

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