|Do I have obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Do you feel like you’re preoccupied with repetitive, intrusive, unwanted thoughts? Do you try to get rid of those thoughts by engaging in repetitive behaviors? You may be suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Those with OCD may have reoccurring, distressing, or disturbing thoughts and/or repetitive actions which relieve the anxiety associated with those thoughts. For example, you may be obsessed with cleanliness and germs, which would cause you to perform rituals and repeatedly wash your hands.
Can my obsessive-compulsive disorder co-exist with other physical or mental disorders?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder can occur simultaneously with other conditions. OCD often, though not necessarily, is found in individuals who have Tourette’s disorder. In such situations both disorders need to be addressed. However, before starting any treatment, it is vital to have a comprehensive medical assessment to rule out other possible causes of symptoms.
Is there treatment for my obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Are you ready to take steps to eliminate your obsessive-compulsive disorder? Several types of psychotherapy have been shown to be effective in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder, particularly behavioral, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, psychodynamic and integrative psychotherapy. Behavioral therapy utilizes several techniques to stop unwelcome behaviors, such as response prevention, in-vivo desensitization and exposure therapy. With cognitive-behavioral therapy, you will be taught to recognize and modify your thought patterns so you can respond differently to situations that evoke the desire to engage in compulsive behavior. Relaxation training, imagery, hypnotherapy, psychoeducation, and other stress reduction techniques can also be useful. Several medications have also been found to be effective for obsessive-compulsive disorder. While psychotherapy alone can be highly effective, many patients choose a combination of psychotherapy and medication, as it usually offers a more immediate and effective solution.
If you have symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder it is important for you to seek psychological treatment, namely, psychotherapy and/or medication, as soon as possible with a certified psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, counselor or psychiatric nurse practitioner to help you deal with your anxiety in a healthier way. Treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may include cognitive behavioral therapy, response prevention, exposure, relaxation therapy, hypnotherapy and/or medication. In a confidential, supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere, psychotherapy or counseling with a psychologist or psychotherapist can help you gain awareness, achieve positive behavioral change, and improve overall functioning. Medication can be prescribed by a psychiatric nurse practitioner or psychiatrist. The sooner treatment begins, the sooner your obsessive-compulsive disorder can go into remission.
Where can I get help for my obsessive-compulsive disorder?
If you or someone you know is suffering from an obsessive-compulsive disorder and would like more information about treatment, want to discuss your specific needs, or make an appointment, call our office today to speak to an intake counselor. We have licensed psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners, qualified and experienced in effectively treating obsessive-compulsive disorder and we can help suggest the therapist or mental health professional that can be helpful with diagnosis and treatment. We can be reached at 212-996-3939.