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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 double checks things sometimes. For example, you might double check to make sure the stove or iron is turned off before leaving the house. 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 behaviors 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

HOW IS OCD TREATED?

First, talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Your doctor will examine you to make sure that other physical problems aren't causing the symptoms. The doctor may refer you to a mental health specialist.OCD is generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both.

PSYCHOTHERAPY

A type of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is especially useful for treating OCD. It teaches a person different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to situations that help him or her better manage obsessive thoughts, reduce compulsive behavior, 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 behaviors associated with OCD.

MEDICATION

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

COMBINATION

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 treatment plan for you.

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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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Dr. Mala Murlidhar

MALA MURLIDHAR
PH.D. (Clinical Psychology), MS (Clinical Psychology), BA (Psychology)

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr B. R. Madhukar

MADHUKAR B.R
MBBS, DPM (NIMHANS), DPM (IRELAND), DPM (UK)

Medical Director & Consultant Psychiatrist

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