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Dr. Anna Breytman

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Treatment for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a neurobiological disorder which is characterized by obsessions, or unwanted and intrusive thoughts, as well as compulsions. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental rituals that are generally utilized to diminish the distress and anxiety associated with obsessions. Symptoms are significant enough that they interfere with daily functioning, relationships with others, and life goals.

Current research indicates that approximately 3% of the general population is experiencing symptoms of OCD. This means that one out of 40 people have OCD.

Common types of OCD
  • Germs and contamination
  • Scrupulosity/ morality/religion
  • Responsibility obsessions
  • Aggressive/ sexual obsessions. Fears of harm to self or others
  • Doubting and difficulty tolerating uncertainty
  • Perfectionism
  • Needing excessive order exactness and symmetry
  • Need to know
  • Fears of making decisions and mistakes
  • Identity obsessions
  • Relationship obsessions
  • Obsessions about death and existence

The most effective type of treatment for OCD is Exposure and Response Prevention.

The vast majority, 65% of individuals, will develop OCD before the age of 25, typically in childhood and adolescence. Onset is typically gradual unless it is related to a possible diagnosis of PANDAS.

The most prominent theory of the cause of OCD is abnormal levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin.

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