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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder services offered in Doylestown, PA

If obsessions and compulsions negatively affect your job, school, or relationships, seek help from P.S. Psychiatry in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Eileen Peirce, RN-BSN, PMHNP-CRNP, and the team diagnose and treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to help you overcome barriers to an exceptional quality of life. Call the office to schedule an in-person or telehealth evaluation, or use the online booking feature today.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Q&A

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

OCD is a mental health disorder in which obsessions (persistent, uncontrollable thoughts) and compulsions (repetitive behaviors) negatively affect your way of life. While not always a cause for concern, OCD can be problematic when left untreated. If you or a loved one is bothered by OCD thoughts or behaviors, see a P.S. Psychiatry provider for an evaluation. 

What are the symptoms of OCD?

The symptoms you may experience due to OCD include:

  • Repetitive thoughts and behaviors
  • Intrusive thought patterns
  • Fear of dirt or germs
  • Having an obsession about something
  • Being extremely neat and orderly
  • Arranging canned goods in an orderly pattern
  • Anxiety about locking the door or turning off your stove
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Constantly washing your hands
  • Compulsive counting
  • Not veering from a strict routine
  • Substance misuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 

While minor cases of OCD might not be problematic, extreme cases can feel debilitating and lead to depression, anxiety, eating disorders, other mental health concerns, or a reduced quality of life.

What are the risk factors for OCD?

The cause of OCD isn’t entirely clear, but risk factors include genetics, having another mental health disorder, a family history of OCD, brain abnormalities, and your environment. Childhood trauma, having streptococcal infection, or observing a family member with OCD may increase the risk of children developing this condition. 

How does my provider diagnose OCD?

Your P.S. Psychiatry specialist diagnoses you with OCD after discussing your symptoms and medical history. During a psychiatric evaluation, they ask about your behavior patterns, thoughts, emotions, and mood. Your provider visits with you in person or from the comfort of your home via telemedicine. They also offer genetic testing for medication before tailoring a treatment plan.

How is OCD treated?

P.S. Psychiatry offers the following mental health treatments for OCD:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Exposure and response prevention (ERP)
  • Other forms of psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  • Medication management
  • Nutrition and wellness coaching
  • Treatment combination

Your provider might meet with you on a weekly basis for about 60 minutes per session or as needed to ensure highly effective, long-lasting results. Don’t hesitate to call P.S. Psychiatry with any concerns or questions you might have throughout treatment.

Schedule an evaluation at P.S. Psychiatry by phone or book one online today to seek treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).