Obsessive-Compulsive & Related Disorders

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder


Obsessions that are intrusive, unwanted thoughts/images/urges.  There are attempts to achieve perfect thoughts/behaviors to prevent harm, wrongdoing, or discomfort with unhelpful coping (compulsions, avoidances), only for perpetual doubt or discomfort to return.  Onset can also occur around the arrival of a baby.  Common  themes:  harm, sex, sexuality, contamination, religious or moral scrupulosity, exactness/just right feeling, and health.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder


Distressing thoughts about a particular aspect of one's appearance, and responding to them with mental or behavioral compulsions or mental and behavioral avoidances.  Common beliefs surround:  flaws, color, size, and symmetry.  Common bodily areas:  face, skin, hair, and build.

Hair-Pulling & Skin-Picking Disorders (BFRBs)


Consciously or "unconsciously" pulling hair or picking skin anywhere on the body.  Sometimes this is in response to an urge and other times it feels like a mindless activity.  Common pulling areas:  head, eyebrows, legs, and pubic.  Common picking areas:  face, shoulders, arms, and regions with visible pores.

Tic Disorders & Anxiety Disorders

Provisional/Persistent Tic, or Tourette's Disorder


The conditions in this category vary in severity and length of time; however as a whole, entail a single or multiple motor or vocal tics.  The tics are sudden and recurrent movements or vocalizations.  Common motor tics:  eyes, neck, shoulders, extremities, and obscene gestures.  Common vocal tics;  abrupt sounds and obscenities.

Specific Phobia


An excessive and persistent fear that causes an individual to have significant anxiety or to engage in avoidance when thinking about or confronted with the feared object.  Common themes:  animals, nature and environment, blood-injection-injury, specific situations, etc.

Social Anxiety Disorder


Excessive and persistent fear of being evaluated or judged during a social interaction (one-to-one or group) and being humiliated.  This causes an individual to have significant anxiety or to engage in avoidance.  Common themes:  conversations over the phone or in person, initiating conversation, engaging in "small talk," public speaking, and performance situations.

Notes On Other Disorders

Dr. Curiel occasionally treats Separation Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Hoarding Disorder.

Dr. Curiel has an adjunct emphasis in treating classic/full-criteria Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (select link below for more information).  

Please Note:  Dr. Curiel does not treat Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, but may be able to provide a referral for you.  Because she is a specialist, treatment is only provided for the conditions described above and the patient will be referred to another provider for other types of issues or conditions that are present.

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