Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) entails a pattern of thoughts and fears (obsessions) that are unwanted which ultimately can lead an individual to indulge in repetitive behaviors (compulsions). These repetitive patterns of obsessions and compulsions cause significant distress in an individual’s life and affect its quality. OCD affects individuals of all ages, and genders and occurs when an individual starts oscillating between cycles of obsessions and compulsions.

Signs and Symptoms

Most often, obsessions and compulsions occur together when diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) but in some cases, one can experience either signs of obsessions or signs of compulsions.

Common Obsessions in OCD

1: Fear of Contamination

2: Unwanted aggressive or taboo thoughts

3: Excessive concern with order, symmetry, or perfection

4: Intrusive sexual or religious thoughts

Common Compulsions in OCD

1: Excessive hand washing or cleaning

2: Hoarding

3: Repeatedly checking things like locks and appliances

4: Counting, arranging organizing things in a specified way

5: Mental rituals like repeating words or phrases

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Diagnosis

If an individual is experiencing obsessions and compulsions, they must visit their medical care provider. The doctor might perform lab tests and physical examinations to rule out any other medical concerns. After talking to the individuals, and taking detailed case history, a diagnosis of Obsessive-compulsive disorder can be provided by referring to the symptom criteria. At MindPlus we have a dedicated team of psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and medical staff to recommend to individuals the best treatment course and provide quality services.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Treatment

A combination of medication, therapy, and relaxation techniques can help individuals manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Psychotherapy: The most commonly used therapeutic intervention suggested for treating individuals with OCD is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This helps in restructuring the thoughts and reaching identified goals.

Relaxation: Mindfulness activities, yoga, breathing, and physical exercise can help during stressful situations while experiencing OCD symptoms.

Medication: A class of medication known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are helpful during the treatment process. These medications may differ from patient to patient depending on their diagnosis, and body type, therefore can only be prescribed by a medical doctor. As with all mental health conditions, it is important for individuals to seek help and consult their medical providers as soon as they witness symptoms to decrease the disruptions it might cause.

At MindPlus, we provide quality services for diagnosing, treating, and supporting individuals through their mental health diagnosis.

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