Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treatment
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder characterized by repetitive actions that seem uncomfortable, if not impossible to stop. It involves persistent, repeated, and unwanted thoughts, urges, or images that are intrusive. These obsessions lead to compulsive or ritualistic behavior to get rid of the thoughts, urge, or discomfort. Symptoms can be mild and gradually progress in severity. Stress can worsen the symptoms, although stress is not required to trigger symptoms.
The media, unfortunately, does a poor job of illustrating the diversity of how OCD can manifest. Moreover, OCD is often underdiagnosed (missed), and when it is correctly diagnosed, it is often treated insufficiently. This is why working with an expert matters.
At West Coast Psychiatry, we have board-certified psychiatrists who have up to 20x the duration of training compared to other prescribers. Diagnoses like OCD are where this training can make all the difference.
How is OCD treated?
At our Bellevue psychiatry clinic, we offer comprehensive treatment options for OCD. Treatment typically includes a combination of medication and psychotherapy.
When medications are used, we follow evidence-based practices to help alleviate your symptoms. Whether we are providing talk therapy, or working a therapist you may already have, we want to ensure that your treatment is both helpful and well tolerated.
Your Bellevue Psychiatrist
If you’re struggling with OCD, or if you wonder whether you might have OCD, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Contact us today to schedule a pre-scheduling chat with your Bellevue psychiatrist. We’re here to collaborate with you to help you navigate your journey towards better mental health.