Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which time people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions). The repetitive behaviors, such as hand washing, checking on things or cleaning, ordering and arranging can substantially come in the way of a person’s daily activities and social interactions. If OCD is causing you distress Dr. Sidhu can you help you manage your symptoms with her expert diagnosis & treatment skills at Revîv Functional Psychiatry & TMS Wellness Center in Fullerton, California.
A diagnosis of OCD requires the presence of obsession and/or compulsions that are time-consuming (more than one hour a day), cause major distress, and impair work, social or other important function. About 1.2 percent of Americans have OCD and among adults slightly more women than men are affected. OCD often begins in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood; the average age symptoms appear is 19 years old.
After carefully assessing your symptoms Dr. Sidhu will recommend the best treatment for you. A class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is effective in the treatment of OCD. (The SSRI dosage used to treat OCD may be higher than that used to treat depression.) Patients who do not respond to one medication sometimes respond to another. Other psychiatric medications can also be effective. Noticeable benefit usually takes six to twelve weeks to occur. With appropriate treatment patients have shown to have increased quality of life and improved functioning. Dr. Sidhu can help you improve your ability to attend school, work, develop and enjoy relationships and pursue leisure activities. Dr. Sidhu also believes in self-help/coping strategies. She encourages a healthy lifestyle and being aware of warning signs and what to do if they return and can help in coping with OCD and related disorders. Also, using basic relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga, visualization, and massage, can help ease the stress and anxiety caused by OCD. She encourages you to work with your therapist on these techniques as well as therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, which has been shown to be highly effective.
To get treatment for OCD and lead life to the fullest, schedule an evaluation at Revîv Functional Psychiatry & TMS Wellness Center. Book online or over the phone.