Some traits and symptoms of OCD
- Contamination Symptoms
- Symmetry and Arranging
- Doubts and Harms
- Unacceptable/Taboo thoughts
- A person with the contamination symptoms has an obsession with cleaning, which results in their compulsive behavior of sweeping the floor, washing hands/clothes repeatedly, etc.
- People with an obsession with symmetry keep on organizing things around them. They generally count objects or arrange objects in a symmetric manner whenever they are anxious.
- People with OCD have recurring thoughts about calamities, disasters, or a harmful situation causing harm to themselves, or others. All of this happens unintentionally and hence triggers their mental wellness.
- People with OCD sometimes look for assurance repeatedly. They obsess over their feelings, which leads them to keep checking with other people for assurance.
Treatments and Consultation
Let’s explore a few of them.
Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is a psycho-social intervention that aims to improve mental health. It examines the thoughts, feelings, behavior, and physical manifestations and focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviors, improving emotional regulation, and developing personal coping strategies that target solving current problems. Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Imaginal Exposure (IE), Habit Reversal Training (HRT), and Cognitive Therapy (CT), etc. are a few of the therapies under CBT. ERP is the most common approach. It involves repeated exposure to obsessive triggers while the patients are barred from ritual compulsions that follow, which seem to provide them the momentary relief.
Apart from the mentioned techniques, few consultants prefer using more than one form of treatment for better results. The choice depends on the comfort and effectiveness in patients.
Choosing the Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Licensing and Technique
- What is their field of training and study of the medical health professional?
- Whether or not they have their treatment license, academic background, and qualifications?
- Has there been relief among the patients that they have treated?
- Whether there have been reverse effects of their treatment?
- Which technique or treatment do they prefer?
- Is the location of their office convenient and accessible to you?
- How flexible are they with the timings of treatment?
- Whether or not are they available in case of emergencies?
- Is it possible for them to have a session on video chats or phone calls if necessary?
- What are the terms and conditions for rescheduling or canceling a session?
- What is their cancellation policy, if one is willing to not continue with them anymore?
- Whether or not they are willing to move outside their offices if the treatment calls for it?
- How much does the professional charge for the session?
- Whether their insurance can cover all the expenses or not?
- Do they have to pay for anything other than the sessions?
- What are the payment options available?
- How do their charges vary with sessions that involve going out of the offices or over phone/video chat?
- Are you able to feel at ease with them?
- Can you open up in front of them and be comfortable with the session?
- Can you reveal your personal self to them, as it is a major aspect of the treatment?
- Are you willing to get along with the chosen treatment with them?
Combinations of Treatment
- Is the professional comfortable with combining more than one treatment for better results?
- Are they willing to work and collaborate with other professionals to seek better improvements in the patients?
- Do combining treatments involve additional medication to be administered?
- What can be the adverse consequences of combining treatments if not done properly?
Adverse Side Effects
- What are the side effects of the offered treatments?
- How can the side effects be controlled or minimized, if any?
- Can the patient’s brain handle the adverse effects?
- Does a person need a medical professional to mitigate the adversities?
Completion of Treatment
Some Key Takeaways
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