OCD Treatment in Glen Waverley
What is OCD?
OCD treatment is often not sought due to lack of awareness. Hence it is important to know when obsessive behaviour is considered pathological. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental illness that is characterised by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to compulsive behaviours. People that suffer from OCD have uncontrolled obsessions – unwanted thoughts about, for example, dirt and disease, terrible things happening, sex, violence, or religious themes and compulsions – overwhelming urges to do activities such as cleaning, checking, counting or praying. The obsessive thoughts can be quite overwhelming, while compulsions can take up hours of a person’s day. It can affect anyone of any age, and usually starts in childhood. 1 in 100 Australians and New Zealanders will have OCD at some point in their life. The exact cause of OCD is unknown. There is some evidence that OCD runs in families and is sometimes co-morbid with neurological conditions such as epilepsy and Tic disorder. People with OCD will often hide their illness from others. Moreover, people get used to their rituals to such an extend that they may start considering it as a normal part of their life. Some people find it hard to accept the restrictions this may pose on their daily life. This may also cause difficulties for their families as they have to adapt their life around the behaviours of the person with OCD. Sometimes these rigidities can also cause relationship difficulties, power struggles and depression.
Getting OCD Treatment
Our psychiatrists here at MINDoc, will be able to take you through the effective OCD treatments. You should seek help if you are worried about yourself or a loved one. Our treatment is guided by the latest approved treatments for OCD which are found to be safe and effective. Our service is available to adults in Glen Waverley, and nearby suburbs of Melbourne. For remote patients we also provide assessment and treatment over video.