Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects people of all ages, creating a cycle of unwanted thoughts and repetitive behaviors that take over their lives. Children, teens, and adults struggling with OCD can expect compassionate, patient-centered psychiatric care from the experienced team at Spero Psychiatry and Counseling in Gilbert, Arizona. They offer therapy and medication management at the office or through their telepsychiatry platform. Call today or schedule an appointment online to get help for your OCD.

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What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that causes recurring unwanted thoughts or feelings (obsessions) that lead to the uncontrollable need to engage in repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) to relieve the distress caused by the obsession.

OCD affects people of all ages. Researchers theorize that genetics may play a role in the development of OCD. Brain imaging studies also show that people with OCD symptoms have changes in some regions of the brain, but the connection is unclear.

If you or someone you love is struggling with OCD, the team at Spero Psychiatry and Counseling can help.

What are OCD symptoms?

OCD symptoms fall into two categories: obsessions and compulsions. However, not everyone with OCD engages in compulsive acts.


Obsessions are distressing thoughts, images, or feelings that repeat over and over again and feel out of your control. The thoughts are all-consuming and get in the way of your normal activities.

Contamination obsessions (fear of germs), sexual obsessions (unwanted sexual thoughts), and responsibility obsessions (fear of harm to others) are examples of OCD obsessions.


Compulsions are the repetitive behaviors or mental acts you engage in to neutralize the obsession. Washing and cleaning, checking and rechecking, and counting are examples of compulsions.

Many people experience intrusive thoughts that cause distress. However, with OCD, the thoughts cause extreme anxiety that consumes hours of time.

When should I get help for OCD?

You should get help for OCD if your obsessions and repetitive behaviors are interfering with your daily life. The team at Spero Psychiatry and Counseling takes a patient-centered and collaborative approach to care.

They conduct a thorough psychiatric consultation to understand how you think and feel and determine your diagnosis.

What are the treatments for OCD?

Spero Psychiatry and Counseling may recommend a combination of psychotherapy and medication management for your OCD.


The team customizes your psychotherapy to match your concerns and goals. They use therapeutic techniques that help decrease the distress related to your obsession and the need to engage in repetitive acts to neutralize your anxiety.

Medication management

The team at Spero Psychiatry and Counseling may prescribe serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) to reduce your OCD symptoms.

Call Spero Psychiatry and Counseling or schedule your OCD consultation online today.