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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts, obsessions, and/or compulsions that interfere with daily functioning. It can cause significant distress and impact quality of life. ODC affects not just adults, but children and teens as well.

At Stepping Stones Psychiatric Care, our team of dedicated professionals provides comprehensive care for individuals in the Pittsburgh area suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We aim to help individuals better manage their symptoms and improve their overall quality of life. We specialize in evidence-based Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder therapy, and as a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Muhammad Shaikh is experienced in providing medication management when needed for both children and adults.

Our OCD treatment centers strive to provide a safe environment that helps individuals develop new skills to cope with their condition, and our hybrid telemedicine and in-person model of care ensures that you’re receiving treatment however it’s most comfortable. If you, your child, or your teen is struggling with OCD, reach out today to learn more about how we can help.

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OCD Specialists in Pittsburgh, PA

Treatment for OCD and Anxiety

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) manifests differently for everyone, including children and teens. It is often misunderstood as a disorder that only involves extremely frequent handwashing or other behaviors, but OCD can manifest in many ways. While some people may struggle with an intense fear of germs, others may have repetitive rituals they must perform such as counting or tapping objects.

Some of the most common OCD symptoms include:

  • Uncontrollable and intrusive thoughts or impulses (obsessions)
  • Repetitive behaviors (compulsions) such as checking, hand washing, counting, or hoarding
  • Fear of germs, dirt, or contamination
  • Anxiety about making mistakes
  • Extreme concern for orderliness

At Stepping Stones Psychiatric Care, our team is experienced in treating individuals with OCD. We utilize evidence-based treatments that have been proven to be successful in managing symptoms of this condition. Our treatment approach includes:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on changing maladaptive behaviors and patterns of thought linked to troubling emotions. Through CBT, individuals can gain insight into their condition and develop new strategies to manage their symptoms.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): This therapy helps individuals learn how to tolerate distress and provide intrusive thoughts treatment by developing healthy coping skills. It teaches individuals how to regulate their emotions and improve communication and interpersonal relationships.
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT is a form of therapy focused on helping individuals accept difficult thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment. It helps people move forward through life even if they cannot change the circumstances around them.
  • Medication Management: In some cases, medication can be used to help manage symptoms of mental health disorders like OCD. Medication for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder can provide relief from distressing symptoms and give individuals the support they need to work through their issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is OCD diagnosed?

A diagnosis of OCD is made by a mental health professional based on an evaluation of the individual’s symptoms. This typically includes discussion about past and present experiences, as well as a mental health assessment.

For children and teens with OCD, a diagnosis may also involve input from parents, teachers, and other caregivers.

What are the most common causes of OCD disorder in children and adults?

The exact cause of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is not known, but research suggests that a combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors may contribute to the development of the disorder. Biological causes include genetics, brain chemistry and environmental stressors. Psychological causes include poor coping skills and disrupted thought patterns. Environmental influences can include traumatic experiences or significant life changes.

How can medication help people with OCD?

Medication can be an effective way to help manage the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed medications for OCD, and they work by increasing the amount of serotonin, a natural chemical in the brain that helps regulate mood and behavior. Antidepressants such as clomipramine and fluvoxamine are also used to treat OCD. It's important to note that medication should always be taken under the guidance of a medical professional.

How can I get started with the best OCD doctors near me?

At Stepping Stones, we make it easy to get started on the road to feeling better and living well. Just request an appointment with us using our simple online form.