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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

About Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) causes uncontrollable obsessions that you develop ritualized compulsions to control. If these problems are causing you distress, LinqCare Inc. can help. A team of mental health professionals is available through secure online therapy delivered to you at home. Call LinqCare Inc. or book a telehealth appointment online today for expert help overcoming OCD.  

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Q & A

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

People with OCD develop uncontrollable thoughts (obsessions) that they attempt to manage with repetitive behaviors (compulsions).

Obsessions are thoughts that preoccupy you most or all of the time, causing considerable anxiety. Anything could become the focus of an obsession, but most commonly, it’s something distressing or unpleasant. Examples include:

  • Fear of germs or dirt
  • Needing order and symmetry
  • Harming yourself or others
  • Sexual or religious topics

Compulsions are ritual behaviors that develop in response to obsessions. Common compulsions include repeated checking, excessive cleaning, counting, and performing specific tasks numerous times. For example, you may be unable to leave a room without turning the lights on and off 23 times.

If you can’t complete compulsive behaviors exactly as you wish, it causes immense distress and even panic. You might believe something terrible will happen if you can’t perform your rituals.

Obsessions and compulsions are stressful and time-consuming. They can dominate your life and take all your focus and energy. But with expert treatment, you can overcome OCD.

What causes OCD?

It’s not clear exactly what causes OCD. Its roots could be genetic, or OCD might develop when something goes wrong with your brain chemistry. Learning obsessive and compulsive behaviors during childhood or from people around you is also possible.

Your risk of developing OCD is higher if there’s a family history of the condition or other mental health disorders. Having your own mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), could trigger OCD. Stressful life events could also increase your risk of developing OCD.

How is OCD treated?

The LinqCare Inc. team offers comprehensive treatment for OCD, combining psychotherapy and medication.

Psychotherapy involves talking to a skilled therapist about your obsessions and compulsions. Your therapist helps you identify experiences or traumas that triggered your OCD and work through your emotional problems. When you’ve isolated the driving force behind your OCD, you can reduce and change unwanted behaviors and thoughts.

Therapy also helps you cope with daily life. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) teaches you how to challenge intrusive, often mistaken thoughts and disbeliefs and alter them to something more positive. Antidepressant medications can also help relieve OCD symptoms.

To gain long-lasting relief from OCD symptoms, call LinqCare Inc. or book a telehealth appointment online today.