When patients suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, the clinical team at Nurocoach can help. Nurocoach has an office in Houston, Texas, as well as access to a nationwide network of highly skilled therapists via telehealth who can offer psychiatric assessment and treatment. To learn more about the help available, call the office to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental health condition characterized by uncontrollable, recurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that the patient is compelled to repeat.
Some patients develop obsessions with specific numbers, and the compulsive behaviors have to be repeated without interruption that many times while others will continue with a behavior, even if that behavior is or becomes dangerous and harmful.
OCD is a common mental health condition that affects patients of all ages. Risk factors for the condition include genetics, brain structure and function, and the patient’s environment.
Patients with OCD present obsessive symptoms, compulsive symptoms, or a combination of both. Obsessions are repeated thoughts, mental images, or urges that cause the patient anxiety. For example, a patient may experience a fear of germs, aggressive or harmful thoughts, symmetry and order, and unwanted forbidden thoughts of a sexual or religious nature.
Compulsions are behaviors that a patient feels the need to complete over and over again. These may include ordering and arranging items in a specific way, repeatedly checking on things like whether or not the door is locked, the oven is off, counting, cleaning, or hand washing.
It is important to understand that not all rituals are compulsions, and the desire to double-check that you locked the door is not a sign of this mental health disorder.
OCD is typically diagnosed with these thoughts and behaviors, which are uncontrollable and excessive to the point of getting in the way of everyday life. People with OCD do not typically experience pleasure when performing their compulsive behaviors.
The Nurocoach clinicians treat patients with OCD with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Each patient will receive a full psychiatric assessment before a diagnosis is made.
Once a patient is diagnosed with OCD, your provider creates a customized treatment plan to address his or her specific needs. Therapy can help patients to learn to recognize and control their compulsive behaviors, while medication can address the imbalance in brain chemistry that can lead to this disorder.
If the compulsions are driven by a trauma in the patient’s past, psychotherapy can also help to resolve the patient’s feelings about that event as part of the healing process.
Help is available. To learn more, call Nurocoach or request an appointment online.