Living with OCD

We all have our routines — from the way we get dressed in the morning to how we settle down for the night, and plenty more in between. Over 2 million Americans, however, take these patterns to the extreme, engaging in compulsive rituals fueled by negative thoughts or fears. This is known as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Fortunately, help is available.

Here at Mindful Urgent Care, with offices in Manhattan and West Hempstead, New York, Dr. Ram Pardeshi and our highly trained team treat a wide variety of mental health disorders, including OCD. Below, we’ve put together a short guide to OCD to help you make sense of your symptoms and understand your options.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder facts

People with OCD typically struggle with obsessions, compulsions, or both. Obsessions are repeated thoughts, images, or impulses that the person feels unable to control. Some common examples include fear of germs, taboo thoughts, or a desire for symmetry or perfect order.

Compulsions are repetitive thoughts or behaviors that people engage in to counteract or cope with their obsessions. Compulsions can be any repeated activity, from washing and cleaning, to checking something over and over. They can be physical actions or mental responses like reviewing events, counting, and so forth.

While most people have minor obsessive thoughts or compulsions every now and then, people with OCD spend so much time coping with their thoughts and rituals that it disrupts their daily lives and activities. Over time, symptoms may come and go, or vary in intensity. Even though many individuals with OCD realize that what they're doing doesn't make sense, they find it hard to stop themselves.

OCD treatments

Some people with OCD try to cope in unhealthy ways, including avoiding triggering situations and/or calming themselves with alcohol or drugs. Fortunately, better treatments are available. 

On the day you decide to ask for help, you will see one of our psychiatric medical providers who will do an assessment, make a proper diagnosis, and create a customized treatment plan to help curb your obsessions and compulsions. While each person is different and your care will be tailored to your needs, frequently treatment includes antidepressant medication to reduce your symptoms, lifestyle modifications, and weekly cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and/or exposure and response prevention (ERP).

If your obsessions and compulsions interfere with your time at school or work, or limit your social activities, call us at 516-200-4031 (West Hempstead), 516-217-6666 (Midtown) or 516-217-6460 (Financial District) or click our “book online” button to make an appointment today with one of our medical experts. If necessary, we also provide streamlined care and require no appointment for same-day service, so you can get you the treatment you need when you need it.

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