If you have obsessive thoughts that lead to compulsive behaviors, you might have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The medical team at Aloha Integrative Health in San Diego, California, can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment for OCD to improve your condition and help you live a high quality of life. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or book an appointment online today.

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What is OCD?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition characterized by intrusive, repetitive thoughts (obsessions) and the urge to perform certain repetitive behaviors (compulsions). OCD affects people of all ages and can significantly impact your daily life, relationships, and overall well-being.

The Aloha Integrative Health team has the expertise and experience to accurately diagnose your condition and provide effective treatment.

What are the signs of OCD?

The signs of OCD can vary from person to person, but common obsessions include:

  • Excessive fears of contamination
  • Unwanted aggressive or taboo thoughts
  • A need for symmetry or exactness
  • Excessive doubts or fears of causing harm to oneself or others

Compulsions often manifest as repetitive behaviors, such as:

  • Excessive cleaning or hand washing
  • Arranging or ordering objects in a specific way
  • Repeatedly checking things
  • Seeking reassurance from others

If you show signs of OCD, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Aloha Integrative Health team.

When should I see a doctor about OCD?

If you experience symptoms of OCD that interfere with your daily life, you should seek medical attention at Aloha Integrative Health for the help you need and deserve.

Your provider can evaluate your symptoms, provide a proper diagnosis, and guide you toward appropriate treatment options. Getting help is important if your symptoms cause distress, impair your ability to function, or negatively affect your relationships or quality of life.

How is OCD treated?

OCD is typically treated using a combination of therapy and medication. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most effective form of psychotherapy for OCD. It involves exposing yourself to the thoughts, images, and situations that make you anxious and preventing yourself from engaging in compulsive behaviors.

This process, known as exposure and response prevention (ERP), helps you gradually develop healthier coping mechanisms and reduce the power of obsessions and compulsions.

In some cases, medication may be prescribed to help manage OCD symptoms. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are antidepressant medications that can help reduce anxiety and obsessive thoughts. These medications are typically prescribed in conjunction with therapy and can take several weeks to show their full effect.

To schedule an appointment with the expert medical team at Aloha Integrative Health, call today or book online any time.