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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - OCD Treatment

What is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

In the case of OCD, a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears (obsessions) can create an impulse in you to perform certain repetitive behaviors (compulsions). These may come in the way of your normal functioning and create a lot of stress and anxiety.
Ignoring the obsessions causes your stress and anxiety to increase. This makes you go back to perform the compulsive acts to relieve your stress. The inability to let go of your obsessions and them coming back, again and again, create more repetitive behaviors. This forms a vicious cycle. 

OCD leads to a host of obsessive and compulsive symptoms. Some of the obsessive symptoms are: 

  • Fear of being contaminated

  • Doubts about actions such as locking the door or turning off the lights

  • Extreme stress when things are not in a certain way

  • Visions of driving a car into people

  • Visions of acting inappropriately in public

  • Avoiding situations that can cause triggers

Some of the compulsive behaviors can include:

  • Handwashing till your skin becomes raw

  • Checking repeatedly to see if doors are locked or not

  • Repeating a word or phrase again and again

  • Arranging things in a certain way

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      What causes OCD to develop?

      Although it’s difficult to identify the exact causes of OCD, however, there are certain factors that can contribute to it such as:

      • The internal functioning of the brain

      • Genetic factors

      • Observing and watching family members or closed ones

      Some of the factors that can increase the risk of OCD are: 

      • A family history of OCD

      • Stressful life situations 

      • Other mental health disorders such as depression 

      What are the different OCD treatment plans you can choose from? 

      There are several treatment options to choose from for OCD - 

      • Psychotherapy - You can go for OCD counseling with several OCD specialists who use various psychotherapy techniques such as exposure and response prevention (ERP) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

      • Medications - You can also take several medications such as antidepressants like Clomipramine (Anafranil), Fluoxetine (Prozac), and Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva) and psychiatric medications

      • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) - In case psychotherapy and medications don’t work, you can try out alternative therapies such as deep brain stimulation which works by implanting electrodes in different parts of your brain. 

      • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) - This is another alternative therapy that aims to improve OCD conditions by using magnetic fields to stimulate brain cells. 

      For Myself

      Obsessive compulsive disorder thoughts can be devastating for oneself to hold with. These are unwelcome involuntary mental patterns or unpleasant ideas that may be upsetting or turn into an obsession. This can also lead to depression and many of them deal with it through substance abuse. 

      According to the World Health Organization, 50% of the OCD cases are severe, only 10% of the sufferers receive the treatment. It’s one of the top 10 most disabling diseases worldwide. 

      Although OCD is a chronic condition, It’s treatable. However, it often remains undiagnosed as sufferers are ashamed to talk about their symptoms due to the stigma attached to it. It’s important, to be honest with your therapist.

      If you’re one of those persons who is badly dealing with such a deliberating illness, they aren’t alone. There are ways in which we can help you deal with them. 

      A treatment plan for OCD will involve a combination of: 

      • Cognitive-behavioral therapy, a form of talk therapy with a therapist to change the way you respond to intrusive thoughts

      • Medication, such as antidepressants to reduce underlying anxiety. 

      Overcome your OCD and take control of your life today. Let go of unwanted thoughts and enjoy your life again. We are there to help you. Get more information about the best OCD treatment by visiting us. We’re here to help people overcome OCD one step at a time. 

        ocd symptoms in elderly

        OCD is a highly prevalent psychiatric disorder in children and adolescents. The disorder can be intense and challenging for children and their families and highly disruptive in their daily life. The presentation of OCD symptoms may be atypical and unusual, which may lead to misdiagnosis or a delay in diagnosis.

        One of the first things and the best way parents and family members can do is to be educated about the illness. Without any knowledge of OCD, the most logical thing a parent might do would be to reassure or dismiss their child. However, these seemingly logical responses can have unintended negative results. 

        Learning about the OCD counseling and OCD treatment plans in your child can help with - 

        • Breaking the cycle debilitating rituals   

        • Empowering your child to take back control of his/ her life

        • Maximizing your child’s recovery whether on or off medication

        • Overcoming their irrational thoughts and behaviors.

        Free your child from OCD today! Your kid matters. Like any other health issues, it is important to address mental health issues such as OCD quickly and effectively. Feel free to call us to know more about OCD treatment in a child.