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Treatment for OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) features a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviors (compulsions). These obsessions and compulsions interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress.

You may try to ignore or stop your obsessions, but that only increases your distress and anxiety. Ultimately, you feel driven to perform compulsive acts to try to ease your stress. If you have OCD, you may be ashamed and embarrassed about the condition, but treatment can be effective. At Solrei Behavioral Health in Orlando, Florida, our providers have extensive experience evaluating and managing symptoms of OCD in adolescents, and adults. If you or a loved one struggles with OCD, call the office today or request an appointment online to find support. Telemedicine visits are also available.

What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is a real and serious mental health condition that can dramatically impact every aspect of one's life, making day-to-day experiences challenging. Sufferers find themselves consumed with specific thoughts and feelings they simply cannot ignore or control. If you or someone you know is struggling with OCD it is important to remember that help is available and seeking appropriate treatment can make a significant difference in overcoming these intense struggles.

According to National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 1.2% of U.S. adults had OCD in the past year.

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd

Symptoms may include:

  • Intrusive & persistent thoughts

  • obsessions, or urges

  • Repetitive acts or behaviors to alleviate stressing over an event or situation

  • Fear of contamination or dirt

  • Doubting and having difficulty tolerating uncertainty

  • Needing things orderly and symmetrical

  • Excessive washing and cleaning

  • Feeling the need for extreme orderliness

  • Following a strict routine

Am I a perfectionist or do I actually have OCD?

  • OCD usually begins in the teen or young adult years, but it can start in childhood. Symptoms usually begin gradually and tend to vary in severity throughout life. The types of obsessions and compulsions you experience can also change over time. Symptoms generally worsen when you experience greater stress. OCD, usually considered a lifelong disorder, can have mild to moderate symptoms or be so severe and time-consuming that it becomes disabling.

  • There's a difference between being a perfectionist — someone who requires flawless results or performance, for example — and having OCD. OCD thoughts aren't simply excessive worries about real problems in your life or liking to have things clean or arranged in a specific way.

  • If your obsessions and compulsions are affecting your quality of life, see a mental health professional.

How do you treat OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment may not result in a cure, but it can help bring symptoms under control so that they don't rule your daily life. Depending on the severity of OCD, some people may need long-term, ongoing or more intensive treatment. The two main treatments for OCD are psychotherapy and medications. Often, treatment is most effective with a combination of these. Certain psychiatric medications can help control the obsessions and compulsions of OCD. Most commonly, antidepressants are tried first.

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