“I used to unplug every single appliance in my house. Or I’d double-check every door in my house to make sure it was locked at night. It was like a panic come over me and I had to do something, and once I did it, I was ok.” ~ Jessica Alba
WHAT IS OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by recurrent obsessions and compulsions. An obsession is an unwanted or intrusive thought or urge that will often cause distress, which leads to an action (compulsion) intended to put the mind at ease. These compulsions are repetitive behaviors that an individual feels driven to perform in an attempt to reduce the distress brought on by the obsessive thoughts. Most of the obsessive thoughts experienced by an individual with OCD are excessive and irrational, and the compulsions do not always have a rational connection to the obsessive thought. It is common for an individual with OCD to be aware of the unreasonable thoughts and behaviors, but they are unable to control the anxiety that arises from it.
HOW IS OCD TREATED?
Like many illnesses, individuals respond to varying treatments. For OCD, it is common to use a combination of medication and therapy. A type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) has proven very helpful in the treatment of OCD. ERP therapy relies on the principle of habituation and involves exposing the patient to the feared situation in a controlled manner, gradually increasing the degree of exposure. In utilizing ERP, it is important to work with an experienced professional whom you trust, and an understanding that you may feel a little discomfort as you approach your fears.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF OCD?
It is difficult to list all the symptoms of OCD as they vary greatly between individuals. Some common examples of obsessions people with OCD experience include arranging items in a very particular order, irrational fears of contamination, uncontrollable thoughts about locking doors or turning off appliances. Common compulsions include excessive “checking” on door locks and appliances, frequent hand-washing, and repeating prayers or verses.
OCD TREATMENT IN NEW YORK CITY
One of the great things about NYC is that there are so many professionals with experience in very niche areas. Finding the right treatment is half of the equation; finding the right therapist is the other half. In getting help with OCD, find a professional you feel comfortable and safe with; don’t settle for just anyone. At Jeff Ditzell Psychiatry we have experienced providers on our team, as well as in our referral network. We will help you find the best fit for you.
Medications For OCD
Medications are commonly used for ongoing management of the condition or can be used to curb the symptoms in the beginning of the therapy process.
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