Do you find yourself checking a dozen times that you locked your door before you can leave for work and not have to spend the whole day terrified that you left your home open to burglars? If you suffer from intense fears or anxieties that you can temporarily tame with ritualistic behavior, you may have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Zahida Tayyib, MD, and the team at Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS in Mountain View, California, offer expert diagnosis and treatment for OCD. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
OCD is a mental health condition in which intrusive, unwanted anxieties drive you to complete ritualistic behaviors that temporarily soothe your fears. Your recurring thoughts are your obsessions, and your rituals or habits are your compulsions.
The symptoms of OCD include obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Some of the common obsession themes include:
These unwanted and intrusive thoughts lead to anxieties and fears about germs and contamination, hurting yourself or others, or loss of self-control. You may avoid situations that trigger your obsessions or live in a near-constant state of distress.
OCD also causes compulsions — ritualistic behaviors or habits. Some common compulsions include:
If you have OCD, your compulsions make you feel safe or alleviate your obsessions temporarily. However, you may end up spending so much time completing your compulsions that you’re unable to work or function normally.
Everyone follows certain routines and has recurring thoughts or fears, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they all have OCD. However, if your thoughts cause intense distress and you spend more than an hour a day completing your compulsions or suffer from severe anxieties, you may have OCD and should schedule an appointment with Dr. Tayyib.
After your evaluation and diagnosis, Dr. Tayyib and the team at Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS create a personalized, multidisciplinary treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and restore your health and quality of life.
Your treatment plan may include medication, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy, counseling, and lifestyle adjustments.
Ideally, medication regulates your brain chemistry and function to alleviate your symptoms. Then during therapy, you learn to identify your harmful or negative thoughts and new strategies to cope with them in more healthy and positive ways.
For example, many patients with OCD benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, a type of psychotherapy that helps you change your behavior.
If you’re concerned about OCD, call Mountain View Psychiatry and TMS, or schedule a consultation online today.