Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Treatment at Wellness Psychiatry
Here at Wellness Psychiatry, your emotional and mental wellness are our top priorities. Wellness Psychiatry is aware of the difficulties people with OCD encounter on a daily basis. In order to help you on your path to a more satisfying and balanced life, our team of experts is here to provide you with thorough, compassionate, and evidence-based therapy for OCD. The burdens of OCD can be managed and eliminated with the help of our individualized strategy, which centers on psychotherapy, medication management, and cutting-edge therapies. Wellness Psychiatry is dedicated to assisting you in establishing and maintaining optimal mental health.
Diagnosis of OCD
Diagnosing OCD involves several steps to understand your condition fully:
Psychological Evaluation: In order to determine if your obsessions and compulsions are negatively affecting your life, our trained psychiatric nurse practitioners and therapists will interview you about your thoughts, feelings, symptoms, and actions. We may consult with your loved ones and get a whole picture, if you give us permission to do so.
Diagnostic Criteria: Our group uses the diagnostic criteria established by the American Psychiatric Association and published in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD can be difficult to diagnose since its symptoms overlap with those of other mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression, and more. It is possible for some people to suffer from both OCD and another mental illness. To guarantee an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, our doctors will work closely with you.
OCD Treatment Approaches
While there is currently no absolute cure for OCD, proper symptom management can greatly enhance quality of life. Wellness Psychiatry typically uses a combination of psychotherapy and medicine to treat their patients with OCD:
Talk to your doctor about the following before starting any treatment for OCD with medication:
Selecting a Medication: Minimizing Side Effects While Maintaining Effectiveness. It may take trying out a few different medicines before you find one that works for you.
Side Effects: All psychiatric medications include the risk of producing undesirable side effects. Talk to your doctor (please change the word “doctor” on this page to “provider”) about the risks and any necessary health monitoring.
Suicide Risk: Warnings about suicide ideation are included with the packaging of several antidepressants; this risk is especially high for young adults. If you are having suicidal thoughts, you should get in touch with a doctor right away or call 911 for immediate assistance.
Interactions: If you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter drugs, as well as any herbs or vitamins, tell your doctor. Medication interactions and side effects are possible.
Discontinuation: Antidepressants are not considered addictive, although they might cause withdrawal symptoms if they are stopped suddenly. Never stop taking any prescribed medicine without first talking to your doctor.
Alternative Methods of Treatment
When medication and psychotherapy aren’t doing the trick, or when a patient is resistant to treatment, there are additional methods of treatment such as mindfulness techniques and EMDR.
Here at Wellness Psychiatry, we have developed effective methods for dealing with OCD. To overcome the obstacles that come with OCD, our skilled staff takes a patient-centered, compassionate approach.
Life with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Taking care of yourself is a crucial part of handling OCD. You should prioritize the following:
- Quality sleep
- Regular exercise
- A healthy diet
- Mindfulness meditation and other relaxation techniques
- Building a support network with loved ones
Remember that getting therapy early helps lessen the severity of OCD. Our medical and mental health staff is available to work with you to develop individualized treatment programs and offer encouragement as you work towards wellness.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Wellness
Psychiatry and OCD Treatment
Your mental health and happiness are our top goals at Wellness Psychiatry. As you work to overcome OCD and improve your health, you have our undivided attention and assistance.
Providers Who Work With This Condition
Amanda provides care in our Lakewood office and virtually. She accepts Aetna, UHC, Cigna, and BCBS. Amanda is a Board Certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). She received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota before going on to become a Registered Nurse and PMHNP. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients.
Ellen provides care in our Lakewood office and virtually. She accepts Aetna, UHC, Cigna, and BCBS. Ellen is a Board Certified psychiatric mental health purse Practitioner. She has her Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She joined Wellness Psychiatry in November 2022 with the goal of providing compassionate, evidence-based care to a wide variety of patients.
Jordan provides care in our Lakewood office and virtually. Jordan’s passion lies in caring for individuals throughout all stages of life, with a distinctive focus on pregnant and postpartum women, those facing the challenges of infertility or perinatal loss, and individuals dealing with premenstrual or perimenopausal mood changes. Additionally, she finds great fulfillment in supporting assigned female at birth adolescents who are navigating the complexities of mood fluctuations, grappling with academic performance challenges, or experiencing a combination of both.
Laura provides care in our Winter Park office and virtually. She accepts Aetna, UHC, Cigna, BCBS, and the Grand County ACHES AND PAINS vouchers. Laura is Board Certified Family nurse practitioner. She returned to school to further her education and skills in psychiatric care thus working towards her psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.