Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), and behaviours that drive them to do something over and over (compulsions). Common examples are Repeatedly washing hands or cleaning things because of repetitive thoughts that ones hands or things are dirty. Other examples are having unwanted sexual thoughts/images , Having Blasphemous thoughts/Images etc.
Often the person carries out certain behaviours to get rid of the obsessive thoughts. But this only provides short-term relief, after which the obsessions start again. Not doing the obsessive rituals can cause great anxiety and distress. People with OCD are stuck in what we call as an Obsession- Compulsion cycle. It can become impossible to get out of this without professional help.
Diagnosis of GAD is based on a thorough clinical interview and diagnostic guidelines. Your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and take a medical, psychiatric and social history.
Based on the severity OCD treatment comprises of medications like SSRIs , Low dose antipsychotics and Benzodiazepines. Psychotherapy includes Exposure Response Prevention(ERP) , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy , Relaxation training , Mindfulness Training.
If you think you are suffering from OCD , contact our qualified psychiatrist and psychotherapy team.