Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Bowman Medical Group

Psychiatrists & Mental Health Providers located in Beverly Hills, CA

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects the lives of more than 2 million men and women in the United States. OCD is characterized by unwanted thoughts and behaviors that may prevent you from functioning, working, or spending time with other people. The compassionate providers at Bowman Medical Group offer effective, personalized treatment for OCD. If you or someone you love suffers from OCD symptoms, schedule a consultation by calling the Beverly Hills, California, office today.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Q & A

What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) involves intrusive, recurring thoughts and behaviors that cause significant distress. Obsessions, or unwanted thoughts, drive compulsive behaviors in an attempt to relieve anxiety caused by persistent obsessions. These repeated actions or rituals may provide short-term relief, but soon the obsessive thoughts return, leading you to act out the obsessive-compulsive cycle again and again.

What are the symptoms of OCD?

Common obsessive symptoms of OCD include:

  • Recurring unwanted and unpleasant thoughts, urges, or fears
  • Needing order or symmetry in your environment
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or others

Compulsive symptoms may include:

  • Following strict routines
  • Extreme orderliness 
  • Repeatedly checking on things 
  • Continually repeating a prayer or ritual

The anxiety produced by recurrent obsessive thoughts causes a significant, and often uncontrollable, urge to perform compulsive behaviors or rituals, which can interfere with your ability to perform daily tasks, complete your work, or maintain personal relationships. 

What causes OCD?

The exact cause of OCD isn’t clear, but certain factors can increase your risk for the condition, such as:

  • Family history of OCD
  • Stressful life events
  • Individual brain chemistry

OCD frequently occurs along with other mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, or movement disorders such as Tourette syndrome.

How is OCD diagnosed?

Your experienced mental health provider at Bowman Medical Group conducts a comprehensive evaluation, which includes an in-depth interview and psychological screening. Your provider may also order lab work, genetic testing, and other diagnostics to diagnose your condition. 

How is OCD treated?

To address OCD, the providers at Bowman Medical Group create a customized treatment plan to meet your individual needs. Your plan may include:

  • Psychotherapy 
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Group, family, or couples therapy
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Antidepressants

Your treatment plan also addresses any co-occurring mental health conditions.

OCD doesn’t have to prevent you from working, socializing, and enjoying your life. To find relief from the burdensome symptoms of OCD, call today to schedule an evaluation with a trusted clinician at Bowman Medical Group.