OCD Specialist

Mindful Urgent Care

Psychiatrists located in West Hempstead, NY & Midtown, New York, NY

Everyone follows certain rituals or routines. For example, consider what you do each day when you wake up or before you go to bed. However, if you’re driven to compulsive rituals by fears or negative thoughts, you could be one of the millions of Americans who live with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The team of experienced and compassionate mental health experts at Mindful Urgent Care in West Hempstead, Midtown, and the Financial District in New York diagnoses and treats OCD, and can help you lead a healthy and fulfilling life. Call or make an appointment online today.


What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health illness that causes intrusive negative thoughts, fears, and worries that lead to compulsive behaviors. Your beliefs are often irrational or disproportionate, and your behaviors provide comfort or make you feel like you’re in control of your fears.

However, when left untreated, the cycle of thoughts and behaviors can become severely disruptive to your overall health and ability to function in normal life. In some cases, when you’re unable to complete your rituals, you may become extremely distressed.  

What’s the difference between obsessions and compulsions?

Obsessions are intrusive and frequently distressing thoughts. Compulsions are the behaviors and rituals that temporarily soothe your feelings and fears.

Some common obsessions include:

  • Cleanliness and fears of contamination
  • An intense need for order and accuracy
  • Aggressive thoughts about harming yourself or others
  • Worries about the safety of people you love
  • Forbidden sexual thoughts
  • Religious preoccupation

Common compulsions include:

  • Cleaning yourself or your home
  • Counting
  • Checking that you’ve completed a task, such as turning off a light or appliance
  • Touching
  • Repeating words or phrases silently or aloud
  • Following a strict routine
  • Constantly seeking reassurance

These are just examples of common obsessions and compulsions. In reality, both the thoughts and behaviors of OCD are highly personal.

How is OCD treated?

The team of experienced and compassionate mental health experts at Mindful Urgent Care offers a holistic and personalized approach to managing your OCD. Your provider begins with a detailed evaluation of your mental and physical health. They get to know you and your condition, including your obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.

Following your assessment, your provider works with you to create a multidisciplinary treatment program that may include medication, meditation, and lifestyle modifications. A multifaceted approach helps regulate your OCD symptoms and improve your overall wellness.

You may benefit from a combination of medication and therapy to provide the mental clarity needed for you to resolve the thoughts and feelings that contribute to your OCD symptoms. During treatment, your provider works with you to develop strategies to recognize your obsessive thoughts and adjust your behavioral responses so you can cope with your feelings in healthy, constructive ways.

Call Mindful Urgent Care or schedule an appointment online to get treatment for OCD today.

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