Wednesday, February 11, 2009
OCD can be made worse by going to a 'normal' psychologist. Talking about OCD issues and trying to figure out what the thoughts mean can only lead to more severe OCD symptoms. A therapist who specializes in OCD will be well aware that the content of the thoughts is not important. The important issue is not responding to the thoughts in a ritualistic way. Lisel Virkler, a specialist in the Pittsburgh area, is wonderful, knowledgeable, and kind.
I have had OCD for ten years and I sought help 2 years ago. Behavioral therapy combined with medication combined with my faith have helped me to experience a great change in quality of life. I was functioning at 20% a little over two years ago. Now, I am functioning at 80%.