OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD) TREATMENT IN SAN DIEGO
Achieve Concierge offers OCD treatment plans to help patients recognize and manage obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. As one of the leading OCD treatment centers in San Diego, we use a combination of medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to treat patients’ OCD symptoms.
WHAT IS OCD?
OCD is a medical disorder that causes recurring thoughts, along with compulsive behaviors that an individual feels the need to repeat. There are two types of OCD symptoms: obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions refer to repeated thoughts or urges that cause anxiety, and they may include a fear of germs, an excessive focus on religion or morality, and an ongoing need to maintain order and symmetry in any way possible. Compulsions are sometimes viewed as habits and rituals, but there are differences. A habit or ritual is a behavior or tendency that an individual develops over time and practices regularly by choice. A compulsion refers to a repeated behavior that an individual performs in response to an obsessive thought. Compulsions persist because they provide a feeling of relief from obsessive thoughts, which creates positive a feedback loop. Compulsions may include excessively cleaning or washing the hands, constantly double-checking light switches and locks, and accumulating old newspapers and other “junk” items.
Obsessions and compulsions can sometimes be problematic, particularly if they go untreated for an extended period of time. Fortunately, with a proactive approach to OCD diagnosis and treatment, an individual can identify these symptoms and other OCD risk factors before they disrupt his or her daily life.
OCD RISK FACTORS
People who can identify OCD risk factors can take steps to quickly and safely address their OCD symptoms. An individual may be prone to OCD if he or she has a parent or sibling dealing with OCD symptoms, Mayo Clinic notes. Additionally, individuals who were physically or sexually abused or experienced other trauma are susceptible to OCD. Anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders and substance abuse have also been linked to OCD.
For those who identify OCD risk factors in themselves and others, proper diagnosis is essential. To receive an OCD diagnosis, an individual must meet with a doctor to discuss his or her OCD symptoms. At this time, a patient may receive a physical exam, lab tests, and a psychological evaluation. If a patient is diagnosed with OCD, he or she will receive a custom treatment plan designed to help manage OCD symptoms.
OCD TREATMENT PLANS
The ideal OCD treatment plan will vary based on the severity and type of symptoms, and in certain cases a combination of therapies may be required, Mayo Clinic states. A doctor may prescribe medication, or one may need a combination of different types of psychotherapy, medication and/or CBT to more effectively treat OCD symptoms.
SCHEDULE AN OCD TREATMENT CONSULTATION AT ACHIEVE CONCIERGE TODAY
At Achieve Concierge, our clinicians know it is important to take the time to learn about our patients and their OCD symptoms, and work in collaboration to craft a custom treatment plan for them. To schedule an OCD treatment consultation, please contact us online or call us at (619) 393-5871.