What treatment options exist for OCD?
We have seen that many mental health disorders can be misdiagnosed. Because of so many coinciding symptoms, OCD is one of most often misdiagnosed disorders. Unfortunately, cases of OCD have been inaccurately identified as PTSD, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, autism, and other disorders that present similarly.
An accurate diagnosis is crucial to healing of any disorder. And, an improper treatment can be harmful, especially with OCD. The patient’s condition may likely worsen under the wrong management. That’s why we at Bridgepoint take critical steps to ensure we identify correctly the true nature of your issue.
When it comes to treatment, OCD should be evaluated on a case by case basis. There is no singular course for all OCD patients. We apply the appropriate treatment options depending on the needs of each patient. Subsequently, we apply a range of treatment options, listed below with a brief description:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Through certain environments, patients are confronted with their situations and fears while training them to respond in a healthier manner, thus overriding the tendencies that OCD produces.
- Medication – Certain medications can be effective in treating OCD. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, commonly used to treat depression, have shown to have a positive effect on OCD patients when used in higher doses. Other medications may be appropriate as well, depending on the situation.
- Neurosurgical – Deep brain stimulation therapy has proven effective for patients who do not respond to other treatments. This is a developing area that shows great promise.
- Interventions – Sometimes OCD patients gain success when caregivers provide additional exposure and support to treatments at home in addition to office visits.
- Self Care – Patients can learn mitigation techniques such as meditation and relaxation that aid during recovery in addition to focusing on healthy lifestyle choices for greater overall wholeness.
Whatever the appropriate action, the physicians and staff at Bridgepoint stand ready to walk you through your recovery process and overcome the stress and anxiety that OCD brings.
What do I do to resolve my OCD?
Don’t delay. As we point out above, OCD can lead to further complications when untreated.
You don’t have to live with OCD. Contact us today to set up a review of your situation so that we can accurately identify and begin to treat the cause of your symptoms.