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If someone gets uncomfortable if the bed sheets aren’t straight, or if the books on their shelf are not in order, we may be tempted to make a joke about their “obsessive-compulsive disorder.” But in reality, there is nothing funny about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, or OCD. In fact, it is a real struggle for many people, and its impact can be both powerful and painful.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, OCD is a disorder in which a person has recurring thoughts and behaviors, which that person feels the urge to repeat again and again. OCD is not confined to things like kitchen cupboards or flower beds. In reality, OCD affects a person’s work or school life, and their relationships with other people.

The obsession side of the disorder may include a fear of germs, aggressive thoughts toward oneself or other people, placing objects in a symmetrical order, and even having forbidden thoughts about sex and religion. The compulsions may include excessive hand washing or cleaning, arranging or rearranging things, repeatedly checking the same thing over and over, and even compulsive counting. Doing these things may bring the sufferer some temporary relief, but they do not enjoy any real satisfaction from them. The sufferer may realize that they are being excessive, but they are somehow unable to control their actions. The behaviors associated with OCD can have a severe and leave a negative impact on a person’s life.

At the Theta Wellness Center, we understand how devastating OCD can be to the sufferer, and to the people around them. OCD is not just a struggle for the person who has the disorder, but also for the people who love them. Our wellness team understands the connection between the body and the mind. While OCD is often addressed by medications and counseling, at the Theta Wellness Center, we concentrate on helping to rebalance the chemicals in a person’s brain and assist with creating a healthier level of neurotransmitters in a person’s system. The staff at the Theta Wellness Center also recognizes that counseling, nutrition and even hypnosis can be successfully used together with its cutting-edge technology to address a client’s needs.

If you or a loved one are struggling with OCD, or another behavior that is disruptive to normal living, Mike Simpson and the staff at the Theta Wellness Center are happy to meet with you to discuss the options available for addressing the issue in healthier ways. If you live in the Sandy, Utah, area you can reach us at 801-590-7461 to schedule an appointment.