Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

When thoughts and actions spiral out of control

Our approach to OCD care

Living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can be a daily struggle. Intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors can take up hours of your time and prevent you from fully enjoying life.

Our team of mental health professionals will help you manage your OCD and improve your quality of life. A comprehensive assessment process will accurately diagnose your condition and lead to a personalized treatment plan. Your plan may include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), medication or a combination of both.

With the right treatment, you can learn to manage your OCD symptoms and live life on your own terms.

Signs and symptoms of OCD

OCD can manifest in various ways, including:

  • unwanted thoughts that cause anxiety or distress
  • repetitive behaviors or mental acts performed in response to obsessive thoughts
  • excessive time spent on rituals or routines
  • difficulty controlling thoughts or behaviors
  • significant distress or impairment in daily life

When to seek care

If you’re experiencing persistent unwanted thoughts or repetitive behaviors that are interfering with your daily life, it’s important to seek professional help. Reach out to your doctor or mental health professional to discuss your symptoms and concerns.

Early intervention and treatment can make a significant difference in managing OCD and improving your quality of life. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. We are here to support you.

Diagnosis of OCD

OCD can feel isolating. Know that our experts are here to support you on your journey to diagnosis. Here’s what to expect:

  • Initial assessment: Your journey starts with a comprehensive assessment by one of our mental health experts.
  • Symptom review: We’ll ask about your symptoms and past health, including any unwanted thoughts or repetitive behaviors that interfere with your daily life.
  • Physical exam: A general physical exam may be conducted to rule out any underlying medical conditions.
  • Mental health assessment: This assessment checks your emotions, thinking patterns, reasoning abilities and memory. It may include written or verbal tests, and observations of your appearance, mood, behavior and self-expression.

Depending on your symptoms and the assessment results, your mental health professional may diagnose you with OCD.

Treatments for OCD

OCD can be effectively managed through various treatments:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a type of CBT commonly used for OCD. It involves gradual exposure to thoughts, images or situations that make you anxious while preventing the accompanying compulsion.
  • Medication: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are frequently prescribed medications for OCD. They can help regulate serotonin levels in the brain, which is thought to be linked to OCD symptoms.
  • Combination therapy: In some cases, a combination of CBT and medication may be recommended for more comprehensive treatment.
  • Support groups: Connecting with others who have OCD can provide valuable support and understanding.
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Comprehensive assessments

Our mental health professionals conduct thorough assessments to properly diagnose and understand the condition, ensuring an accurate and individualized treatment plan.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Our skilled professionals provide customized CBT, including exposure and response prevention (ERP), a proven method for effectively managing OCD symptoms.

Medication management

We offer expert medication management, prescribing selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or other appropriate medications to regulate neurotransmitter levels and alleviate OCD symptoms.

Collaborative care

Our team collaborates closely with other health-care providers and specialists to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to your care, focusing on your overall well-being.

Support groups

We facilitate supportive group sessions where individuals with OCD can connect, share experiences and learn from one another, fostering a sense of community and understanding.