OCD Therapy Specialist in Boulder, CO
Obsessive-compulsive disorder can be assessed, diagnosed, and treated at Delos Psychiatry. Learn how our OCD treatment specialists can help you navigate your way through this mental health issue. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 2501 Walnut St. Suite 204 Boulder, CO 80302.
Table of Contents:
What are the causes of OCD?
What exactly happens in OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?
What is the usual treatment for OCD?
Can you completely treat OCD?
Where can you find an OCD treatment specialist?
Delos Psychiatry, conveniently located in Boulder, CO, provides numerous mental health treatments such as TMS therapy, depression treatment, grief counseling, life coaching, and much more. Whether you’re struggling with a mental health disorder, a big life event, or everyday stressors, the specialists at Delos Psychiatry can offer you professional support.
Genetics: Genetics play a strong role in the cause of OCD. First-degree relatives of individuals with OCD are much more likely to have OCD than the general population, especially in the case of child-onset OCD. There is also a strong genetic link between individuals with eating disorders and those with OCD. One theory of why these genes survived evolutionarily is that consistent checking made our ancestors environments safer.
Environment: Individuals with extreme childhood stress (such as physical abuse, bullying, or the loss of a loved one) are more likely to develop OCD. Stressful situations in adult life can also trigger new-onset OCD.
Bacterial infection: Infection with Group A Strep can cause a disorder called Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections, or PANDAS. This disorder can cause rapid-onset OCD or Tourette’s. It is hypothesized that this happens due to the autoimmune response toward the Strep bacteria.
Neurotransmitters: OCD is often treated with medications that increase serotonin. The reasoning is that OCD can be caused by a lack of serotonin in the brain. Lack of serotonin is a common culprit in many mental disorders, including anxiety and depression, though the exact connection between serotonin and mental illness is not fully known.
People with obsessive-compulsive disorder can have obsessions, compulsions, or both. Obsessions are persistent thoughts, urges or impulses that cause severe anxiety and distress. These can include an irrational fear of germs or contamination, needing everything to be symmetrical, intrusive thoughts about sex or harm, and aggressive thoughts toward others. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors the individual feels overwhelmingly compelled to perform. Compulsions include excessive cleaning, compulsive counting, repetitive behaviors, and constantly making sure everything is in order.
Symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorders can include the following:
⦁ Difficulty accepting change and uncertainty
⦁ Fear of being contaminated
⦁ Extreme anxiety about imperfections
⦁ Aggressive thoughts (such as thoughts about harming others)
⦁ Unpleasant sexual images
⦁ Situation avoidance
⦁ Aggressive and painful hand washing
⦁ Repeatedly checking doors and stoves
⦁ Rearranging everything in your house perfectly
⦁ Repeating words or phrases in your head
⦁ Counting or repeating number patterns in your head
There are three main methods for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder:
Medications such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors are primarily used to reduce the symptoms of OCD by increasing serotonin in the brain. Other medications include tricyclic antidepressants, which have effects on serotonin, histamine, choline, and norepinephrine. These medications usually take 1-2 months to show effects.
Psychotherapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy can address the underlying causes of your disorder. This therapy often includes exposure to triggers that cause obsessions or compulsions while resisting the urge to act on them. Habit reversal training has also been proven to help reduce harmful obsessions and compulsions.
3. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation uses high-powered magnets to strengthen neural pathways in the brain. Recent research has shown TMS to be an effective treatment for symptoms of OCD.
OCD can be treated through ongoing psychiatric support. Though it cannot be fully cured, it can be effectively managed. Unfortunately, these obsessions and compulsions can’t always be fully controlled through your own thought processes. The one important thing you can control is your ability to seek treatment from your primary care physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist. Getting help early on can prevent your OCD from getting worse and having life-altering consequences.
If you’re looking for an OCD treatment specialist near you, consider contacting Delos Psychiatry. Finding a specialist that you trust and that you can have open, honest conversations is essential in treating this disorder. Delos Psychiatry can treat you with the highest level of respect, kindness, and compassion. Our psychiatrists have the advanced training needed to treat your OCD with a combination of mindfulness and behavioral therapies. If you suspect you or a loved one is displaying symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, please schedule an appointment with Delos Psychiatry. Our mental health experts can help you learn the coping mechanisms and tools needed to live a fulfilling, happy life.
If you have any additional questions about Delos Psychiatry or how our team of OCD specialists in Boulder, CO can support you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or request an appointment through our online form. The team at Delos Psychiatry looks forward to hearing from you soon! For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 2501 Walnut St. Suite 204 Boulder, CO 80302. We serve patients from Boulder CO, Denver CO, Silverthorne CO, Longmont CO, Superior CO, Lafayette CO, Broomfield CO, Erie CO, and Niwot CO.
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