Telehealth Only

OCD Specialist

Lori Jenkins, APN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC -  - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Mind and Body Healthcare

Lori Jenkins, APN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner & Mental Health Provider serving Tennessee and Kentucky

Do you find yourself with uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts or behaviors that you feel the need to repeat over and over? You may be among the 2.3% of the adult population or 1 in 100 children with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in the United States. Lori Jenkins, APN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, at Mind and Body Healthcare, meets with patients via telehealth throughout Tennessee and Kentucky to diagnose and treat children and adults with OCD. To learn more about the disorder and your treatment options, email Mind and Body Healthcare or book an appointment online today. Lori looks forward to assisting you in finding relief from this distressing disorder.

OCD Q & A

What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic disorder in which you experience obsessions (recurring thoughts) that make you feel compelled to do something (compulsions) repeatedly. The need for these repetitive behaviors can significantly impair your daily activities and social interactions.

Common obsessions include:

  • Fear of germs
  • Having perfectionism 
  • Needing symmetry
  • Fear of losing something important
  • Disturbing sexual thoughts
  • Fear of saying something you shouldn’t

Common compulsions include:

  • Excessive hand washing
  • Excessive showering
  • Frequent teeth brushing
  • Ordering and reordering items 
  • Repeatedly counting to a certain number
  • Repeatedly checking locks
  • Turning light switches on and off
  • Constantly cleaning household objects

If you’re experiencing unwanted and recurring obsessions that cause compulsions, schedule an appointment with Lori at Mind and Body Healthcare to learn how to manage your symptoms and regain your quality of life.

How is OCD diagnosed?

You don’t need to have an OCD diagnosis to have recurring thoughts or repetitive behaviors, but if the thoughts and behaviors disrupt your daily life, you may have OCD. You may realize your thoughts and compulsions are unrealistic but experience severe distress when you try to stop them.

Lori discusses your symptoms and determines whether your recurring thoughts and repetitive behaviors meet the diagnosis of OCD. An OCD diagnosis requires that the obsessions and/or compulsions consume more than one hour per day, cause significant distress, and impact your ability to work or function in a social setting.

Children and adults of all ages can have obsessive-compulsive disorder, but the average age when symptoms appear is 19.

How is OCD treated?

There is no cure for OCD, but treatment can help your symptoms from controlling your everyday life. Most people receive a combination of psychotherapy and medication management to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Exposure and responsive therapy

Exposure and responsive therapy (ERP) is an effective method of treatment for OCD. ERP teaches the brain to respond differently to your obsessions by learning to tolerate the anxiety and discomfort associated with the obsessions.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is effective as it teaches you to identify, label, and reframe your thoughts through mindfulness.

Lori at Mind and Body Healthcare would like to help you identify your symptoms and develop a treatment plan that may include one or both of medication and talk therapy. Email Mind and Body Healthcare or schedule an online appointment.