Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a mental health condition that causes intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Many may not realize how many youth and adults live with OCD and how symptoms impact their quality of life. So what exactly is OCD, and how often does OCD occur?
OCD is a widely diagnosed mental health condition. People who have obsessive-compulsive disorder experience symptoms called obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are frequent, persistent ideas and thoughts that dramatically affect the quality of life. There are many types of obsessions, and each person experiences them differently.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) lists several subtypes of OCD. The five most commonly referenced in mental health treatment settings in North Carolina are described below.
Obsessions about germs and sickness characterize contamination OCD. Someone with this type of OCD experiences obsessions about germs, bacteria, spoiled foods, and other contaminants (perceived or actual) that could cause illness. They worry about their health and spreading sickness to others.
One of the most common co-occurring disorders in OCD is anxiety, with roughly three-quarters of adults with OCD also having an anxiety disorder, such as generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder. Over 50% with OCD are also diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder, and around 30% have a tic disorder, such as Tourette syndrome.6
Our qualified and experienced team of medical professionals will conduct a psychiatric evaluation and develop a personalized treatment plan. We offer a variety of treatment options for OCD, with the most common and effective being psychotherapy and medication.
One specific type of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is proven highly effective for treating various mental health concerns, including mental health disorders like OCD. We also offer integrative wellness coaching that focuses on physical, emotional, and psychological well-being.
If you live in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area and are searching for mental health treatment – or if you’re available for telehealth treatment – contact AIM today. Let us help you learn more about OCD and take the first steps toward your recovery.