Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, commonly known as OCD, is a mental anxiety disorder.  It is characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety, or by combinations of such thoughts and behaviors. The symptoms of OCD range from repetitive hand-washing and excessive hoarding to preoccupations with religion, orderliness, cleanliness, symmetry, or sex impulses. These symptoms are alienating and time-consuming, and repeatedly bring about significant emotional damage and economic loss. Worse still, although OCD’s symptoms make its sufferers appear strange or paranoid to others, those with the disorder frequently agree that their thoughts and actions are irrational or bizarre, and become further distressed and distant by this realization.

For decades it was thought that OCD was a rare condition, which was backed up by a 1998 study which found via a community survey of 3,020 people in Singapore aged 13 to 65 a prevalence of only 0.3%. However, a recent community survey supported by the National Institute of Mental Health in America showed that OCD may affect as much as 2% of the general population in their lives.

Advances in our understanding of its prevalence mirror those which have occurred in recent years in the treatment of OCD. The disorder which was once widely considered to be chronic and deteriorating is now known to be partially treatable. Using the newest in pharmacotherapy as well as systematic behavior therapy, I am pleased to offer help to those who suffer from OCD each and every day. Please call our office and set up an appointment if you recognize its symptoms in you or someone you love; the start to a better life is but a phone call away.