ABOUT DR. SHEPHERD
Shaina L. Shepherd, Psy.D., is a Psychologist. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Transylvania University, and completed several degrees at Nova Southeastern University including a Master's degree in Psychology, a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology and a second Master's degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology.
ABOUT OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder often centers around themes, such as a fear of getting contaminated by germs. To ease your contamination fears, you may compulsively wash your hands until they're sore and chapped. Despite your efforts, thoughts of obsessive-compulsive behavior keep coming back. This leads to more ritualistic behavior — and a vicious cycle that's characteristic of obsessive-compulsive disorder.