Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a psychiatric condition that shows up differently in the many people it affects. However, people with the disorder share some similar tendencies and thought patterns.
If you have OCD, you have both obsessions and compulsions.
Obsessions are repetitive or recurring thoughts or sensations that you have little or no control over. The obsessions lead to compulsions, which are behaviors that feel almost automatic in response to your obsessions. Compulsory activities or behaviors can become a significant inconvenience in your life.
Avoiding your compulsions can cause distress and discomfort. Even if you realize there’s no reason for them and that your obsessions are unrealistic, you still feel driven to act according to your obsessions and compulsions.
While there are no set obsessions or compulsions for everyone with OCD, some of the more common obsessions include concern with precision, intrusive thoughts or images, and fear of contamination. Some of the most common compulsions include excessive hand washing or cleaning, ordering or arranging objects, and counting to specific numbers.
When you visit Prime Psychiatry with possible symptoms of OCD, our team evaluates you thoroughly and asks questions about your thoughts and behaviors. Not only do we identify obsessions and compulsions, but we also see if your obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors have a significant impact on your day-to-day life and wellbeing.
To make an OCD diagnosis, our team confirms that your obsessions and compulsions are time-consuming enough to take up at least an hour of your day. We also consider the impacts of your obsessions and compulsions on your:
As with other disorders, our team refers to OCD criteria in the most up-to-date version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
After evaluating you and making an OCD diagnosis, our team creates an individualized care plan to help you manage the condition. Over time and with attentive care, you can lessen the effects of your OCD on your life and gain more control over your thoughts and behaviors.
We provide the latest care techniques for OCD, inducing medications, therapy, and novel therapeutic treatments in the office. Your care plan might involve:
For your convenience, we offer both in-office visits for OCD treatment as well as remote telepsychiatry visits. In addition, you can use telepsychiatry for medication management, counseling, and other follow-ups.
To schedule a psychiatric evaluation and learn more about OCD, get in touch with Prime Psychiatry by phone or book an appointment online today.