Support Group – OCD, Overthinking and Anxiety NEW MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP FOR OCD AND ANXIETY Warm and Inviting Support Group for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Repetitive Over-Thinking and Other Forms of Anxiety. Sessions will be held once per month on a Friday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Location: 41 E. 11th Street, 4th Floor. Come join us and allow more Self Leadership in your life. OCD is often irrational. It can be challenging to find a healing environment that understands. Open the door to unburden that repetitive experience. Come join us and allow the opportunity for growth beyond your symptoms. You are more than your OCD or your Anxiety. Fee: $40.00 per meeting. Upcoming Meetings: March 10 — April 7 — May 5 — May 26 Call 845-558-8928 to confirm or click below to sign up online: Click Here Sign Up Today WHAT IS OCD? OCD is a set of symptoms that, as you know, are called obsessive-compulsive symptoms. These include thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are extremely unpleasant, unproductive, and difficult to get rid of on your own. We call them OBSESSIONS. Usually, obsessions involve thoughts, images, or impulses that come to mind against your will. These thoughts are accompanied by unwanted feelings of extreme distress/anxiety or guilt, shame, and disgust, and strong urges to DO something to reduce the distress. One way in which people try to reduce their anxiety is by avoiding situations, objects, or thoughts that evoke this anxiety. However, with people who suffer from OCD, avoidance or escape from the things that evoke anxiety does not work. The avoidance behaviors often turn into COMPULSIONS that serve to temporarily reduce the intensity and are then repeated over and over. The over-thinking and/or rituals used to reduce the anxiety do not work and inevitably cause more anxiety. The distress decreases for only a short time then returns. Often, the person experiences more and more rituals to reduce the distress; or a person experiences more and more over-thinking to resolve the swirl. Eventually, so much time and energy are wasted on over-thinking and/or rituals that other areas of life get seriously disrupted or abandoned. There is a treatment called Exposure and Response Prevention, an Evidence Based Practice shown to be very effective for OCD sufferers. It has been one of the few treatments proven to work effectively across a broad spectrum of the population. You can engage in this treatment for approximately 3-4 months and then be able to monitor and continue on your own. For post OCD symptoms, exploratory therapy is recommended to broaden Self-Energy and Awareness. However, to engage in exploration around the OCD thought or compulsion itself is generally not an effective strategy for reducing or relieving OCD symptoms. Also, do not worry if the thoughts are irrational — most OCD thoughts and behaviors have an irrational flare. If you are suffering from OCD, think about committing to treatment and give me a call.