Obsessive-compulsive disorder affects around 2.3% of Americans but is widely misunderstood due to misrepresentation in movies and television. At Vitality Psychiatry Group Practice, in New Windsor and Albany, New York, Mitchell Cabisudo, MD leads a team of multidisciplinary mental health clinicians who offer expert diagnosis and treatment for OCD. If you’re concerned about OCD, call or schedule an appointment online today.
While everyone follows certain routines or has habits, such as how you get ready in the morning or unwind after work or school, if intrusive negative thoughts drive your repetitive behaviors and interfere with your life, you may have OCD. OCD is a type of anxiety disorder in which recurring fears or negative thoughts — obsessions — drive you to repetitive, ritualistic behaviors — compulsions.
The mental health experts at Vitality Psychiatry Group Practice diagnose OCD when you demonstrate both obsessions and compulsions that take up more than an hour of your time every day, cause distress, or interfere with your ability to function at work, school, or socially. In many cases, OCD emerges in childhood or early adulthood, and when left untreated, can severely impact your quality of life.
Obsessions are intrusive and recurring negative thoughts and fears. For example, cleanliness or concerns about germs or contamination are common obsessions. Other common obsessions include:
Compulsions are repetitive, ritualistic behaviors that provide temporary relief from your obsessions. Using the cleanliness or germaphobia example, you may find comfort in repeatedly washing your hands or scrubbing your home with bleach. Other common compulsive behaviors include:
Repeatedly checking that you’ve locked your door, turned off your stove, or for other potentially harmful mistakes
If you’re concerned that you have OCD symptoms, make an appointment at Vitality Psychiatry Group Practice for assessment.
After your initial assessment, your provider works with you to create and implement a customized treatment plan to help you cope with your OCD. Each program is tailored to the individual needs of each patient, but often combine a variety of therapeutic approaches, including medication, psychotherapy, and lifestyle changes.
For example, you might benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a specific type of psychotherapy that helps you learn strategies to recognize your negative thoughts and develop different strategies to deal with them instead of performing your compulsive behaviors. You might also benefit from practicing mindfulness, a type of meditation that helps you learn to be present in the current moment instead of worrying about the future or the past.
Call Vitality Psychiatry Group Practice or schedule an appointment online today for expert treatment for OCD.