Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) causes uncontrollable habits and feelings that interfere with daily living. If you think you have OCD, you’re not alone — around one in 100 American adults has the disorder. At CBH, we offer obsessive-compulsive disorder therapy and treatment in a supportive environment.
What Is OCD?
When someone has OCD, they experience repeating obsessions (thoughts) and compulsions (behaviors) they can’t control. The obsessions caused by OCD create anxiety that urges the person to do an action. They may check a locked door, count items or order and arrange things. A person with OCD spends at least one hour every day thinking about their obsessions or performing compulsions.
Most individuals develop OCD symptoms as teenagers or young adults. We don’t know the exact cause of this disorder, but it seems to have a connection to environment and genetics. Trauma may also trigger the issues associated with OCD.
How Does OCD Impact a Person’s Life?
OCD symptoms can interfere with work, school and relationships. Since individuals with OCD spend so much time on their uncontrollable obsessions and compulsions, they have less time for other activities. In some cases, they can’t make it to important functions, like social activities or their job. The individual can become so consumed by their obsession and/or compulsion that it triggers anxiety unless they complete their ritual. Some compulsions, such as excessive hand-washing, can even cause medical issues like skin problems.
The stress caused by OCD can also result in the development of additional mental health problems. Some individuals with OCD have a tic disorder that causes them to make uncontrollable movements or vocal noises. They can also have depression, anxiety disorders or substance abuse disorders.
What Can CBH Do to Help Individuals With OCD?
CBH provides the following treatments for patients dealing with OCD:
- Medication: As obsessive-compulsive disorder treatment at CBH, your psychiatrist might prescribe an antidepressant. Antidepressants and other mental health medications can balance the chemicals in your brain to reduce your symptoms.
- Therapy: Patients at CBH can receive many types of OCD therapy that help them control their behavior. In exposure therapy, the patient practices how to avoid compulsions in response to obsessions. Other approaches, such as cognitive therapy, work on obsessive thoughts.
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation: If you have OCD that doesn’t respond to typical treatments, you may qualify for TMS therapy. Research suggests that applying magnetic pulses to a part of the brain could relieve OCD symptoms.
Telepsychiatry Services Available for Faraway Patients
If you live in a remote area or have trouble getting out of the house, we can bring our services to your home. We offer telemedicine therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder via an online video chat. Our telemedicine team welcomes patients across the United States to get in contact for more information.
Get OCD Treatment and Therapy in a Caring Environment
At CBH, we provide supportive care in a compassionate setting. If you’re looking for OCD treatment in Arlington, VA, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, Rockville, MD, or Bethesda, MD, contact us to schedule an on-site appointment. Feel free to contact our office online or call us at 703-812-4642 to find an opening. Ask about our new Bethesda location, now accepting patients!