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OCD Behaviors

What Characterizes OCD behavior?

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Do you believe you or a loved one might be struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? OCD can be paralyzing and sap the energy and joy from life. Left untreated, it will not just “go away.” But you can live free from the chains of obsession through compassionate, proven whole-person therapy at The Center • A Place of HOPE.

We know that right now your life feels like a constant battle, but we also know that OCD does not define who you really are. At The Center • A Place of HOPE, there are caring, proven OCD treatment options available to help you now. Our OCD treatment specialists understand what you are experiencing. They care and they can help you regain your life.

Characteristics of OCD Behavior

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder manifests itself in uncontrollable thoughts and behaviors that disrupt your life. Left untreated, it can cause serious issues with relationships, and even negatively affect your health.

Characteristics and behaviors of OCD include:

  • Obsession with dirt, contamination, or a need to constantly clean
    • Washing hands frequently until they are raw
    • Using anti-bacterial liquid frequently until your hands are chapped
    • A belief that kitchen utensils or plate and glass ware must be constantly cleaned to avoid contamination
    • Unfounded fears of catching a life-threatening disease
    • Obsession with one’s body (can also be manifested as an eating disorder)
    • Abnormal concerns about sticky substances, residues and powders
  • Obsessive need for order and symmetry
    • An overwhelming need to align objects precisely, and feeling instant anxiety when they are moved or not aligned correctly
    • Intense concern about one’s personal appearance, or the appearance of your personal environment like your home or car
  • Obsession with sexual content
    • Uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts that you deem inappropriate
    • Fear of an inappropriate relationship, despite no actual desire to have one
    • A need to consistently view or discuss sexual material
  • Obsession with repetitive rituals like:
    • Repeating phrases or activities
    • Repeating questions again and again
    • Rewording or rewriting phrases
    • Counting objects again and again
  • Constantly worrying that something will go wrong, even when logically it is not so
    • Worrying that the iron was left on even after checking it multiple times
    • Worrying the house is unlocked
    • Worrying that a payment was not made (even when it is on auto-pay)
  • Obsession with hoarding
    • Saving useless material like old newspapers or empty jars
    • An inability to discard any item because it “may be needed in the future” or something bad may happen if the item is discarded
  • Obsession with food or weight (may be manifested as an eating disorder as well)
    • Preoccupation with measuring food portions
    • Following food rituals like cutting each piece of food exactly the same, or not allowing different foods to touch each other
    • An irrational fear that certain types of foods are bad for you and should be avoided at all costs
  • Obsession or preoccupation with superstition
    • Focus and reliance on lucky numbers/dates/locations or other superstitions
    • Doing things consistently in an intricate order or hierarchy
  • Obsession with checking on things (similar to obsessive worrying)
    • Repeatedly checking appliances or electric devices to ensure they are turned off
    • Repeatedly checking that doors are locked
    • Repeatedly checking for mistakes in balancing a check book
    • Repeatedly checking one’s self for ailments or diseases
    • Excessive list creation for everything

While there are many other “signs” of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and not each of these alone automatically indicates OCD, these behaviors may be a strong indication that you suffer from OCD.

Whole-person care at The Center • A Place of HOPE

Whole-person care was created by Dr. Gregory Jantz, PhD, the founder of The Center • A Place of HOPE, in the early 1980’s. Dr. Jantz noticed that other programs were treating just the symptoms of an individual’s disorder or addiction. This type of narrowly focused treatment was not providing long-lasting care – complete recovery and freedom from one’s disorder – needed to define true success.

Treatment for the entire you — your mind, body and spirit 

Whole-person care treats your entire person, all aspects of your life – physical, mental, emotional, nutritional, fitness, spiritual – to enable complete healing for your mind, body and spirit. In this way, you work through all components of your life that have contributed to your current condition. The result is a deeper, longer-lasting and more complete recovery.

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At The Center • A Place of HOPE, we assign a team of world-class, licensed and board-certified professionals just to you. Team members are highly specialized and include licensed medical doctors, psychiatrists, eating disorder specialists, psychologists, nutritionists, dietitians, mental health counselors, chemical dependency counselors, fitness trainers, registered nurses, marriage and family counselors, and clergy. They take the time to get to know you personally and understand all of your life events that have contributed to your current situation. They then create a treatment program that is uniquely tailored to you, personalized to your individual needs and life experiences, and built to return you to a place of lasting balance, health and happiness.


When you arrive at The Center • A Place of HOPE, you are met by a caring member of your team and introduced to your modern condominium-style apartment, complete with a new kitchen, a large living room, and comfortable, warm bedrooms. Most condominiums have decks and patios. Your lodging, including housekeeping, laundry and linen services, is included at no additional cost.


Treatment Costs

Each treatment program is different, and the length and level of care required in each program varies. But each person discusses the cost of their program with a trained program specialist prior to arrival to fully understand what costs are involved. Costs are on a per-diem basis and include professional transportation to and from the Seattle airport, all lodging in modern luxury condominium-style apartments, morning and afternoon meals, and all treatment programs including medical and psychological evaluations. Most major insurance policies are accepted for treatment. For any out-of-pocket expenses, The Center • A Place of HOPE works with trusted financing firms to offer payment plans. Call us today at 1-888-771-5166 / 425-771-5166 to speak with a financial specialist who can help find the right solution for you.

Our Promise to You

Many programs make promises and provide quick fixes. Unfortunately, quick fixes don’t provide the lasting results needed to enjoy lifelong happiness and true recovery. At The Center • A Place of HOPE you will notice an atmosphere of respect, confidentiality and trust in every interaction we have with you. We work with you to understand your situation and fully address your questions or concerns.

Ready to take the next step?

Are you or a loved one struggling with OCD? Call us today at 1-888-771-5166 / 425-771-5166 to speak with an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) specialist. It is a free, confidential call. We answer all of your questions and discuss what an anxiety treatment program might look like for you. Or, you can start by filling out the quick and easy form on the top of this page. An addiction specialist will contact you and answer all of your questions. You can reclaim, restore and reconnect to a healthy life. We care, and we can help you.

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We encourage you to visit with our team of professionals regarding the OCD treatment services you need. You may reach us by filling out the form below or by calling 1-888-771-5166 / 425-771-5166. Financing is available.

What Others Are Saying About OCD Treatment at The Center

Never in my wildest dreams could I ever think that I could feel so ‘whole.’ I am, however! I feel ‘oneness’ with myself – no longer disjointed and fragmented. It feels wonderful! I am so free to be!!

Excellent, straight forward, simple, honest attack on the confusion and fears we had. You have re-taught us how to separate the wheat from the chaff. We don’t hesitate to recommend your services.

[I learned] how to take in information and not panic to the worst possible conclusions or worry about the unknown.

I would trust my counselor with my life, and I am. She helps me turn stressful situations into easier to handle healthy discussions.

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and Begin The Journey of Recovery

Are you or a loved one struggling with OCD? Our trained, compassionate OCD treatment specialists are ready to help. Call us today at 1-888-771-5166 / 425-771-5166 to speak with a specialist today. It is a free, confidential call. We answer all of your questions and discuss what a specifically created OCD treatment plan might look like for you.

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