Our mission is to raise awareness and empower children and young adults coping with OCD and other Mental Health challenges, providing access to services that enable recovery and improved quality of life.
Z;ealous dedication to the hope of recovery, wellness and building better lives for young adults coping with Mental Health challenges.
Awareness. Provide education, public awareness and support to young adults and families affected by Mental Health challenges.
Connect young adults to programs and professionals to start them on the path to recovery.
Help. Enable access to Mental Health programs through financial assistance.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder in which a person gets stuck in a cycle of obsessive thoughts and/or compulsions. OCD impacts individuals across the lifespan and symptoms may become so extreme that they interfere with important daily activities such as work, school, or spending time with family and friends.
Repetitive unwanted thoughts, urges, or mental images that are recurring and feel out of one’s control. Obsessions are associated with distressing feelings such as fear, anxiety, doubt, or a feeling that things have to be “just right.”
Repetitive behaviors or “mental acts” (e.g., counting, praying, checking, organizing) performed in excess, often in response to obsessive thoughts. Compulsions may be used to attempt to make the obsession or distress associated with the obsession go away. This can help serve as a brief escape, but this is a temporary solution and the obsessions often return. Compulsive behaviors can be very time consuming and distressing.
There are treatments proven to be effective at improving OCD symptoms and helping people to function. The most effective treatments for OCD include psychotherapy and/or medication.
Medications may also be used along with therapy, though are generally not as effective when used alone. The most common medications prescribed are known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The medication may take several weeks to start working and can occasionally cause side effects, but they are generally not severe and go away soon after the medicine is started. Although SSRIs are most common, there are occasions that other medications may be prescribed. This would be a decision between you and your doctor.
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