What is OCD?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic condition characterized by uncontrollable intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Affecting both adults and adolescents, its precise origin remains unclear, yet factors such as brain structure, genetics, and environment contribute to its development. Left unmanaged, OCD can disrupt daily functioning and increase the risk of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, and may even lead to substance misuse.
When should I seek treatment for OCD?
If you or your child experiences symptoms like persistent obsessions (intrusive thoughts, urges, or mental images causing anxiety) or compulsions (repetitive behaviors like excessive cleaning or checking), it’s advisable to schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Breakthrough HQ. Our comprehensive assessments, offered both in-person and through remote telehealth services, aim to determine if the symptoms are related to OCD and guide the creation of a tailored treatment plan for your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
How is OCD treated?
Treatment for OCD involves a multifaceted approach, combining medication, psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and other therapies. Therapy helps you comprehend your behaviors and identify recurring thought patterns, enabling effective coping strategies. You acquire skills to navigate these thoughts and behaviors, preventing their interference in daily life. Medications provided by Breakthrough HQ are designed to alter brain chemistry, easing tic symptoms, alleviating depression, and averting anxiety. We closely monitor medication usage, adjusting as needed to maintain effective symptom control.