What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD and anxiety disorders are significantly more common than you might imagine, contrary to popular opinion. According to an estimate, 0.8 percent of the Indian population suffers from OCD, that is more than a million people.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder means you have an obsession about something in your mind and a compulsion to perform the same thing through your actions, acts, or behaviour, so much so that it affects the normal routine and working of a person’s life.
“Obsession” means you have something on your mind on a regular basis. “Compulsions” can be actions performed in association with a person’s obsessions.
A large amount of time the patient may go in completing the obsessions and compulsions, hence impacting the personal and social life of the patient. OCD reinforces the anxiety and makes the obsession seem more real as time passes by, making the anxiety return soon and the pattern continues.
Consider getting help from a mental health professional if you think you might have OCD, know someone who has, or if you feel that your OCD is out of your control.
Tulasi Healthcare is one such OCD treatment center in Delhi. Here we have a dedicated team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and doctors who help you overcome the symptoms, and in coordination with the patient carve out a tailor-made treatment plan to meet the individual needs. Because as far as OCD is concerned every patient displays unique symptoms and every patient’s needs are different.
Causes of OCD
There can be several causes behind OCD.
1)Compulsions are behaviours learned over time, which may become habitual and repetitive as they may be related to getting relief from anxiety.
2)There can be hereditary or genetic factors involved.
3)It may also occur due to functional and chemical abnormalities in the brain.
4)Distorted belief system may be responsible which sticks to symptoms related to OCD.
5) Among the above more than one factor may combine to trigger OCD followed by stressful life events.
Symptoms of OCD
- Symptoms in terms of obsession
- Symptoms in terms of compulsion
Symptoms in terms of obsession:
Obsessions may be concerns in an exaggerated amount that the patient had at some time in life, but they do not relate to any logic. Common obsessions may include:
1)Fear of getting contaminated from germs and germs and following excessive cleanliness as routine.
2)Fear of getting harmed from illnesses, accidents, or death and taking excessive precautions to prevent such harm.
3)Excessive obsession with the symmetry of things, their exactness, and orderliness.
4)Excessive obsession with religion, ethics, and morals.
Symptoms in terms of compulsions:
1)Excessive washing of hands and following an excessive cleanliness routine like cleaning and washing of house, household items, cars, and other objects.
2)Excessive checking of harmful equipment for safety such as lock, electrical, and gas appliances.
3)Doing activities or actions again and again without any reason such as reading, writing or maybe opening a door.
4)Touching and tapping something in a particular way such as rubbing one’s nose while talking.
At first, receiving an OCD diagnosis can be frightening, but it is treatable. There are many persons with an OCD diagnosis who lead fulfilling lives.
OCD can be treated successfully with a variety of methods. Although there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for OCD in Delhi, there are numerous choices that can assist you and your care team in developing a personalised strategy to help you live a happy, successful life without the disruption caused by OCD.
Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Delhi
At Tulasi Healthcare (a treatment center for OCD in Delhi) we employ a variety of approaches for therapy to precisely pinpoint the identified symptoms and help our patients move quickly but cautiously towards a happy life without the symptoms of OCD. Some of the approaches employed at Tulasi Healthcare are
- 1) CBT (COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY) & ERP (EXPOSURE & RESPONSE PREVENTION)
- 2) dTMS (DEEP TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION)
The most effective treatment and “Gold Standard Treatment” for obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRDs) is cognitive-behavioral therapy. It is thoroughly employed at Tulasi Healthcare, a treatment centre for OCD in Delhi. ERP stands for exposure and response prevention therapy. It has two components:
- the behavioural component or the exposure therapy
- the cognitive component or the response therapy
The goal of ERP is to stop recurrent behaviours like compulsions. Simply said, exposure entails continually confronting one’s concerns until the anxiety dissipates (also known as habituation; see below). Refusing to engage in compulsive, avoidant, or evasive behaviours is known as response prevention.
We may take the example of an OCD sufferer who fears germs contaminating their hands. Shaking hands with someone is a common exposure exercise, as is not washing your hands afterward (response prevention). A common exposure exercise for body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) would involve visiting a busy mall without any cosmetics or a hat (exposure), but refraining from glancing in any mirrors or reflective surfaces (response prevention).
Exposure treatment depends on Behavioural concept of habituation for its effectiveness. After repeated exposure to a certain stimulus, habituation is the process by which a person’s behavioural and sensory reaction weakens over time and they have succumbed to habit. Have u ever plunged into a swimming pool that was ice-cold before but felt at ease a short while later? That is a habit in action. Perhaps you have acquaintances who reside close to a train station, a busy highway, or an airport. Have u ever questioned, how they managed to focus or sleep with all that noise? That’s also habituation.
The exposure therapy works in coordination with “response prevention” or “ritual prevention”. Why this is known as ritual prevention is fact it targets the ritualised, repetitive behaviours called “compulsions.” Response prevention is based on the concept of learning theory. According to this theory if a behaviour is no longer rewarded it gradually fades away and becomes extinct.
Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Another predominant procedure known as transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, has been demonstrated to be substantially more effective, providing long-term tangible improvements with a condensed treatment period.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms can be safely and effectively treated with Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or Deep TMS, especially in individuals who have not responded well enough to other OCD treatments.
The method controls the neural activity of brain structures linked to OCD, notably the anterior cingulate cortex and medial prefrontal cortex, by using a magnetic field created by a newly-launched unique H7-coil to directly access broader and deeper brain regions than its forerunners.
More than one in three patients with treatment-resistant OCD showed “response” in a peer-reviewed multicentre clinical study, which significantly improved their quality of life. Deep TMS was found to be a highly successful OCD treatment. Deep TMS is a well-tolerated treatment that has no negative side effects because it is non-invasive.
Associated Disorders With OCD
Clinical evidence suggests OCD rarely acts alone. There are many co-existing conditions that may come along with OCD.
- 1) Panic disorder
- 2) Social anxiety disorder
- 3) Generalized anxiety disorder
- 4) Phobias
- 5) Mood disorders, such as depression
- 6) Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- 7) Tic disorders, which may cause vocal or motor tics; vocal tics, which include grunting sounds, sniffing, and clearing the throat; motor tics, which are repetitive movements of specific parts of the body, such as the eyes, shoulder, head, or face
- 8) Body dysmorphic disorder
- 9) Trichotillomania, or pulling out hair from scalp, brows, or other body parts
- 10) Excoriation disorder, or skin picking disorder, which involves repeated picking at one’s skin.
At Tulasi Healthcare we employ a holistic approach, hence we do treatment for OCD while not ignoring the co-existing conditions. Tulasi Healthcare is an OCD treatment center in Delhi where we have the most experienced team of healthcare professionals who come together to provide holistic treatment for OCD.
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