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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treatment & Symptoms

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a form of personality disorder. People who have this condition, which is also called OCD, often have a strong urge to repeat behaviors or do things a specific way. Any disorder in their lives can feel beyond distressing, and their excessive thoughts about trivial things can be intrusive. Fortunately, obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment exists and can help people gain relief from symptoms and live a fuller life.

Common OCS Symptoms

Also referred to as obsessive-compulsive syndrome, OCD or OCS is marked by several symptoms. Some people may not experience all the symptoms, and others may have additional symptoms. It is important to separate the symptoms tied to obsession and those tied to compulsion. According to the Mayo Clinic, these are some common OCD symptoms related to obsession:

  • Fear of dirt, contamination or touching things that others touched.
  • Feeling uncertain about many things and experiencing distress tied to the uncertainty.
  • Having a strong urge to keep things symmetrical and orderly.
  • Experiencing distressing thoughts about losing control and harming others or causing self-harm.
  • Having aggressive, unwanted thoughts about religion, sex or other topics.

Compulsive behaviors often happen because of obsessions. For example, someone who is obsessed with cleanliness may wash their hands excessively until the skin is cracked and bleeding. These are some common compulsion-related symptoms of OCD:

  • Cleaning, washing or sanitizing things excessively all the time.
  • Checking and counting things, such as checking a stove exactly six times to ensure that it is off.
  • Maintaining orderliness so excessively that it interferes with other important obligations.
  • Following a strict routine all the time and feeling distressed if something goes wrong.
  • Continually demanding reassurance from family, friends or peers.

OCD Treatment

There is a difference between what people call perfectionism and true OCD or OCS. Perfectionists tend to require perfection in the things they or others do. However, people with OCD struggle so much that their thoughts and compulsions feel uncontrollable and interfere with daily life. They may interfere with personal relationships, work, studying and everything else. If you notice symptoms of OCD in yourself and feel overwhelmed, the good news is that there is help. Treatment often involves counseling or therapy and medications. Some people may only need therapy and may not require medication. Each person is different, and Dr. Walsh recognizes the individuality of each client.

Compassionate OCD Treatment in Orange County

Dr. Piper Walsh welcomes anyone who struggles with OCD and the intrusive effects it has to contact her for help. She provides a safe space where clients can share their fears, struggles and thoughts. Using cognitive behavioral therapy and other effective techniques, she helps people discover the reasons for their behaviors or choices. Also, she can help people develop strategies to cope with the effects of those behaviors and various situations. If a client has another mental health issue that is untreated, Dr. Walsh addresses those issues simultaneously. In some cases, another mental health issue may make the symptoms of OCD worse. Her goal is to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses all individual needs.

Dr. Walsh enjoys helping people overcome their issues and live happier, fuller lives. To learn more about obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment in Orange County, please contact South OC Counseling.

PTSD Counseling Because You Deserve To Be Happy

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PTSD Counseling in Orange County

Although Southern California is an idyllic, beautiful and sunny place to live, its benefits can be overshadowed by intrusive symptoms for people who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. However, there is hope. Dr. Piper Walsh understands the complexities of PTSD and knows how to help people cope with their daily battles and live a fuller life with professional PTSD counseling.

What Is PTSD?

PTSD is a mental health condition that develops as a result of trauma. Although it is commonly tied to one specific traumatic event, it may be tied to multiple traumas. For example, it can come from combat, a car accident, repeated abuse or anything else that is traumatizing to an individual. For many people, the exhausting symptoms make it difficult to manage daily life.

Recognizing PTSD Symptoms

People are affected differently by PTSD, including people who experience the same type of trauma. There may be a long and varying list of symptoms, and some may be uncommon. However, these are the most common symptoms that most people experience:

  • A remarkable decrease in positive emotions or a lack of them.
  • Continually re-experiencing the trauma through flashbacks, nightmares or emotions.
  • A constant state of hyperarousal, including being startled easily and having difficulty sleeping.
  • Feeling the need to continually avoid people, things or places that are reminders of the trauma.

How PTSD Counseling Helps

For most people, talking about a traumatic event can be especially difficult. With post traumatic stress disorder counseling, the goal is to address the trauma and the effects it has on life. Dr. Walsh helps people face the trauma in a safe, supportive and controlled environment. By talking about the trauma and the emotions a person feels, an individual can learn how to identify triggers or other issues. Also, Dr. Walsh teaches people the strategies to cope with the effects of trauma and regain control of their lives. With counseling for PTSD, people have the support they need to address their fears and work through them. Dr. Walsh also helps people explore their feelings and emotions, learning the causes of behavioral reactions and how to develop healthy responses.

If you or someone you love is suffering from PTSD, please know that there is hope. You deserve to be happy, and post traumatic stress disorder counseling can help you work toward that goal. Dr. Walsh is sensitive to each person’s individual needs and treats everyone with the utmost respect, care and professionalism. The team at South OC Counseling wants to see every client live their best life. To learn more about counseling for PTSD in Orange County, please contact us.

Marriage Crisis? Heal Marital Concerns Now

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Every married couple will go through difficult times together. Making a commitment to work through problems together helps heal marital concerns. The next step is working with an experienced therapist. If you and your spouse are fighting more, experiencing negative feelings, disagreeing constantly, or going through a crisis, counseling can help. Counseling can help in a variety of situations.

When Is Marriage Counseling Necessary?

Even if a problem seems small, such as a continual disagreement on a parenting issue, it is beneficial to work with a therapist. Small problems can escalate into bigger ones if they are not addressed in the right manner. Even when a relationship is new and everything seems great, counseling can help. For example, newlyweds often feel like life is blissful. In such a case, it helps to seek counseling to learn ways to deal with common problems that all married couples will face. By learning these strategies in advance, couples can have a better chance of avoiding a crisis.

Counseling can also help when there is a marriage crisis. Everything from an affair to a problem that has been ignored for years can lead to a crisis. With patience, professional therapy, and a sincere commitment from both partners to work toward healing, it is possible to get through a marital crisis. If the crisis is not addressed, it will only worsen. Marital crises can negatively affect children and their mental health as well. If children develop issues as a result, those can turn into persistent problems in adulthood if they are not addressed.

Heal Marital Concerns With Counseling in Orange County

Dr. Piper Walsh has experience helping couples with all types of issues. She helps them get to know one another better and recognize emotional calls. These are ways that people attempt to communicate with one another. Knowing when the other person wants to communicate is part of the equation, and another important part is knowing how to respond. Dr. Walsh helps couples identify and understand any unhealthy communication patterns. She helps them learn how to communicate in more effective ways. By helping couples build a foundation of mutual respect and empathy, she assists them in working toward healing solutions.

Dr. Walsh also provides counseling for teens and children. When marital issues have been causing rifts in the family for a long time, family counseling is often helpful. Dr. Walsh works to help married couples and their families heal together and live fuller, happier lives. If you and your spouse are experiencing difficulties that you need help facing, the compassionate team at South Orange County Counseling is here to help. Please contact us to learn more about marriage counseling with Dr. Walsh.

Parenting Counseling, Be Authoritative, Not Authoritarian

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Parenting can be both a trying and rewarding journey. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, there are some methods to avoid. Many parents desire consistency, and they use a strict approach to maintain their rules, boundaries and other limitations. While this can be helpful for a child’s development, it can be harmful with the wrong method. Parenting counseling is beneficial for developing the right parenting strategies. The key to successfully being a strict and helpful parent is to know the difference between being authoritative and authoritarian. With children of any age, be authoritative not authoritarian.

Understanding Authoritarian Parenting

Authoritarian parents have very little responsiveness and lofty demands for their children. For example, an authoritarian parent may have a long list of strict rules. There may be minimal rewards and no emotional support for following the rules. Instead, the child may feel fearful if she or he does not follow them. An authoritarian parent uses harsher punishments, and there are often punishments for many things. For example, a child may be punished for not finishing dinner, not doing a task correctly or even smaller things. There are many rules, and failure to follow them all results in punishment. Authoritarian parents tend to lack proper nurturing abilities.

While it may look like the technique is successful to the parent, it harms the child. Children who have authoritarian parents are often shy or fearful around others and have low self-esteem. Some may instead behave aggressively. They can develop a lack of self-control in the future. Also, they often associate love with success or obedience.

Understanding Authoritative Parenting

Authoritative parents are still strict. However, they offer plenty of affirmation, support, nurturing and encouragement to children. An authoritative parent may still consistently punish a child for breaking reasonable rules. There may also be high standards and clear-cut boundaries. Balancing those with a high level of responsiveness is the key to protecting the child’s mental and emotional wellbeing. A child who lives in an authoritative environment still learns to follow rules or succeed. However, the child does not live in fear of punishment for every shortcoming. An authoritarian parent may threaten a child who refuses to eat with punishment instead of finding out why the child is not hungry. Alternately, an authoritative parent will figure out why the child will not eat. If the child is being picky, there may be no dessert. The child may be feeling unwell or may have a sensitivity to the food. In an authoritative structure, a child should not be afraid to talk, and the parent must be considerate enough to listen.

Be Authoritative Not Authoritarian with Parenting Counseling

Parents can learn how to maintain authority and gain better nurturing skills through counseling. Even if a parent has neglected emotional support at home, it is possible to turn it into a more positive structure. Parenting counseling with South O.C. Counseling shows parents how to use a positive approach to being strict. Since Dr. Piper Walsh is also experienced in counseling children, she can help them as well. Children who have been raised in an authoritarian environment may need help transitioning into a healthier one and dealing with any other issues. Dr. Walsh can help parents and children foster healthy relationships together.