MedPsych Integrated of Raleigh, NC diagnoses and treats patients with obsessive compulsive disorder, also called OCD. Overall, our mission is that of providing compassionate and comprehensive outpatient mental health services. We achieve that goal by providing treatments that enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and the community.
Our mission, your diagnosis and treatment planning all come into being based upon results of various mental and physical evaluations. This means we take a whole-person healing approach to treating your OCD or other mental disorder. Integrated treatment starts with genetic testing, onsite blood draws and psychiatric evaluation.
If you believe you suffer obsessive compulsive disorder or another mental health condition, schedule your first visit. Our caring professionals provide consultations for new patients to help you understand your symptoms, condition and needs. From there, we work together with you to help you achieve your best overall wellness.
What is obsessive compulsive disorder?
OCD is a mental health disorder as part of which people experience recurring and unwanted thoughts, sensations or ideas. The sensations are the obsessions that make you feel compelled to repeat certain behaviors. These behaviors interfere with daily life and social activity when left untreated.
Sometimes focused thinking and repeated behaviors make life easier. But people with OCD suffer nagging thoughts and urges that they cannot ignore. The resulting rigid behaviors feel distressing. Examples of these compulsions include:
- Hand washing
- House cleaning
- Strict routine
- Demanding reassurance
The difference between healthy behaviors and the ones listed above comes down to the compulsion being based on anxiety relief or believed prevention of a bad outcome. For example, someone with OCD repeats hand washing to the point that their hands become raw and develop sores. The compulsions take over personal routines and work performance.
Of course, severity of these symptoms varies from one person to another. Mild OCD is not as disruptive as moderate to disabling OCD. Also, the condition typically starts in teen or young adult years. Severity generally increases throughout adulthood, when left untreated.
Diagnosing Your OCD
Diagnosing your OCD at MedPsych Integrated starts with a psychiatric evaluation by Nadia S. Meyer, MD. Dr. Meyer is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. She uses her knowledge and experience across all three medical sciences to determine whether your diagnosis relates to obsessive compulsive disorder. Dr. Meyer supplements her therapeutic evaluation and those findings with a review of your brain chemistry and heredity. These results come from genetic testing and onsite blood draws.
To understand your condition, Dr. Meyer looks for clear signs of obsessions and/or compulsions in your life. These patterns typically consume more than an hour each day, cause distress, impede work and disrupt social activity. According to recent research, about 1.2 in every 100 Americans suffer OCD. Additionally, this condition is slightly more common for women than men. Most people with OCD first notice their symptoms at about age 19.
About Obsessions and Compulsions
Obsessions are recurring thoughts, images or impulses that cause frustration, anxiety or other distress. If you suffer this mental condition, you probably know these thoughts are unreasonable. But there is no settling the issues with yourself by trying to dismiss the thoughts or use logic. You may try to offset or ignore your obsessions, but to no avail. Also, the persistent mental dialogue tells you that you have to pay attention to your thoughts “or else.” Typically, they relate to contamination, harm, exactness, sexuality or religion.
Compulsions are the repetitive behaviors you feel driven to enact as part of your obsession. You behave this way, in that you seek to prevent or reduce the stress your obsession causes. Furthermore, some compulsions take up a lot of time, disrupting your day. Meanwhile, you know the compulsions are irrational. You feel anguish from being stuck in this cycle. Additionally, you proceed with the activity, anyway, hoping for at least temporary relief.
Types of compulsions include:
- Cleaning to reduce contamination
- Repeating steps to relieve anxiety
- Checking things to prevent danger or harm
- Organizing for symmetry
- Silently praying or repeating phrases to eliminate negative thoughts
- Pulling hair out or picking skin to relieve anxiety
Hoarding, body dysmorphic disorder, hypochondriasis, trichotillomania, Tourette’s syndrome and binge eating disorder are some other conditions that relate to OCD.
How is OCD treated?
If you receive a diagnosis of OCD, your MedPsych Integrated psychiatrist develops a well-rounded treatment plan. Also, this plan may include psychotherapy, family counseling, medication or other methods. Therefore, if you need medication, our medication management ensures you ultimately receive the optimum dose of the right drug according to your brain chemistry. This process is trial-and-error, so it takes some time to get it right. Also, But we work with you every step of the way, ensuring we find the right combination for your best outcome.
Lastly, Call MedPsych Integrated at 919-582-7272 today to schedule your first in-person or telepsychiatry appointment.