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Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Treatment

Do you feel the need to check and re-check things over and over? Do you have the same thoughts constantly? Do you feel a very strong need to perform certain rituals repeatedly and feel like you have no control over what you are doing?

If so, you may have a type of anxiety disorder called obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Everyone experiences random, strange, and intrusive thoughts occasionally. Some individuals can dismiss these thoughts consciously and move on with their lives. However, these aimless thoughts are ‘stuck’ in an OCD patient’s mind. But people with OCD feel the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and rituals over and over. The thoughts and rituals associated with OCD cause distress and get in the way of daily life.

The frequent upsetting thoughts are called obsessions. To try to control them, a person will feel an overwhelming urge to repeat certain rituals or behaviours called compulsions. People with OCD can't control these obsessions and compulsions.

For many people, OCD starts during childhood or the teen years. Symptoms of OCD may come and go and be better or worse at different times. 

It is essential in such cases to reach out for professional help. Cadabam’s in Bangalore is known for its 89% success rate with OCD treatment with an average of 200+ rehabilitated individuals, every year. At Cadabam’s Hospitals, we offer scientifically-verified treatment plans to help people with OCD live a healthier and happier life.

We have a multi-specialty team of highly-skilled counselors and other mental health professionals, who commit to assist individuals with customized treatment plans that are best suited for the individual . If you or your loved ones are struggling with OCD, please call us on our 24/7 helpline - +91 97414 76476

Causes of Obsessive-Compulsive disorder (OCD)

Many experts suggest that OCD is caused because of communication errors among different parts of the brain. This includes the orbitofrontal cortex, the anterior cingulate cortex (both in the front of the brain), the striatum, and the thalamus (deeper parts of the brain). Abnormalities in neurotransmitter systems – chemicals like dopamine, glutamate, serotonin, and others, deliver messages between brain cells, and they are involved in causing OCD.

Some also believe that OCD is most likely the outcome of a mixture of genetic, cognitive, behavioural, neurobiological, and environmental aspects that trigger the disorder in a particular person at a specific point in time.

Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is a severe anxiety disorder that causes two major things in a person – Obsessions and Compulsions. Obsessions are the unwelcoming urges, thoughts, doubts, worries repeatedly appearing in an individual’s mind. Whereas, Compulsions are the repetitive activities that a person does to reduce anxiety due to obsession.

Here are few symptoms you need to know of -

  • Repeated unwanted thoughts or ideas
  • Aggressive impulses
  • Fear of contamination
  • Signs of hurting the people they love
  • Fear of getting harmed by someone
  • Constantly checking or counting things
  • Repeated cleaning things
  • Washing hands now and then
  • Constantly arranging the items in a certain way.

What is worse is that they develop severe depression and anxiety which not only intensifies their distress but also complicates the recovery process.

The obsessions and compulsions are gradual, and we often fail to recognize this as a mental illness. When obsessive-compulsive disorder eventually shows the signs that interfere with daily life, individuals try hiding their compulsions from others.

They even try to deal with symptoms by using their willpower. The patients often get embarrassed about these obsessive thoughts and compulsions. 

OCD Treatment

Understanding OCD can seem like a complex subject, but learning about the OCD treatment options can help in overcoming it. Receiving proper treatment with the best quality support and care, while sticking to a plan is the key point to long-term recovery from OCD.

Cadabams is a well-known provider of OCD treatment for decades with experienced professionals. We strive to treat our OCD patients with dignity and the utmost sensitivity. We understand that mental health illness is a disease and not a sign of weakness. 

Our multispecialty team of psychologists, psychiatrists, family therapists focuses on different aspects of OCD. Psychologists help deal with insight-building, healthy coping, and management of distress; Psychiatrists help to manage the physiological aspect, and Family Therapists help with interpersonal and social issues.


Treatment for OCD primarily comprises OCD therapy. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - A type of psychotherapy called CBT is especially useful for treating OCD. This therapy for OCD teaches a person different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to situations that help him or her better manage obsessive thoughts, reduce compulsive behaviour, and feel less anxious. One specific form of CBT, exposure and response prevention, has been shown to be helpful in reducing the intrusive thoughts and behaviours associated with OCD.

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) - ERP is different from OCD Counseling. ERP purposefully exposes to things that make you anxious. You make the choice to confront your anxiety and obsessions and you need to make a commitment to not give in and engage in the compulsive behaviour. 

Family Interventions - Family reactions and coping strategies may have important implications for the maintenance and amelioration of OCD. Family support can go a long way in helping the patient manage the symptoms of OCD. Family members can normalize certain compulsive actions, and this helps in curbing avoidance behaviour. 

Medication Management

Doctors may also prescribe medication to help treat OCD. It may take several weeks—10 to 12 weeks for some to start working.

Supportive Care

Comprehensive outpatient and inpatient programs have both been proven quite helpful for people suffering from severe OCD symptoms. At Cadabams, we offer inpatient and outpatient programs for OCD. We provide 24/7 support for the patient and the caregiver.

We also offer support for the caregivers so that they can be the caregiver that their loved one needs.  . Cadabams also provides quality post-treatment care that assists with long-term recovery, emergency care and crisis intervention, & home and community care for OCD treatment.

Holistic Treatment

Some people with OCD do better with CBT, especially exposure and response prevention. Others do better with medication. Still, others do best with a combination of the two.

Many studies have shown that combining CBT with medication is the best approach for treating OCD, particularly in children and adolescents. Our psychiatrists & psychologists at Cadabam's Hospitals will be able to chalk the best OCD treatment plan for you.

Why Cadabams for OCD Treatment?

At Cadabams, we offer personalised OCD treatment plans catering to all the needs of the individual suffering from OCD and their family members/caregivers. 

Our multispecialty team of experts are with you every step of the way from diagnosis to post-care. Our evidence-based treatment approach ensures steady recovery and reintegration of patients in society. We are here to help!  

You can reach us @ +91 96111 94949 to get more information about understanding OCD in a detailed manner and to get the best possible help for your loved one.


Can OCD be genetic

Children with parents who have had any kind of personality disorder are more likely to suffer from such issues. There is a 4 percent to 8 percent chance that OCD traits can be inherited by the following generation.

How OCD may affect others?

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can affect the individual as well as the people around them significantly. People with such disorders tend to overthink and continue working on a task until they achieve a textbook level of perfection. They are also obsessed with cleanliness and tidiness to a huge extent. These habits make it difficult for others to adjust and thus, forming and maintaining relationships becomes a tedious task. 

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Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Treatment

  • Persistent-unwanted thoughts
  • Obsessed with order & Symmetry
  • Disturbing intrusive thoughts
  • Obsessive cleaning behaviour
  • Repeatedly checking on things
  • Unpleasant sexual thoughts
  • Worry about becoming violent or aggressive
  • Obsessive Ruminations
  • Fear of causing harm to others
  • Fear of Contamination
  • Have thoughts concerning religion
  • Hoarding

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