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Managing OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common mental disorder that affects people of all ages. It is characterized by the presence of obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors that a person feels they must perform to alleviate anxiety or distress. It is estimated that OCD affects approximately 2.3% of the global population, which is roughly equivalent to 1 in 40 people. While OCD can affect anyone, it is more common in women and typically starts in adolescence or early adulthood. If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have OCD, it is important to speak with a qualified mental health professional like the psychiatrists at Greenwich Village Psychiatry for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

There are several effective treatment options for OCD, including medication and therapy. The most used medications for treating OCD are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are a type of antidepressant that can help to reduce obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Other medications that may be used to treat OCD include tricyclic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).

In addition to medication, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a commonly used treatment for OCD. CBT is a type of therapy that helps people to change the way they think and behave. It can be particularly effective for treating OCD because it teaches people strategies for managing their obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors.

Other types of therapy that may be used to treat OCD include exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

It is important to note that treatment for OCD is often most effective when it involves a combination of medication and therapy. It is also important to work closely with your therapist to determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs and symptoms.

OCD is a chronic condition that can be managed with treatment, but it is not currently considered to be curable. However, most people with OCD can significantly reduce their symptoms and improve their quality of life with the right treatment.

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When you or a loved one seeks assistance and support for OCD, contact our office in Greenwich Village to schedule a consultation. Greenwich Village Psychiatry offers evidence-based, individualized treatment using medication and psychotherapy, and state-of-the-art therapies. When people are directly involved in creating their own treatment plan including wellness goals and support services, they experience improved outcomes. Our team of  caring and compassionate psychiatrists are here to help you find solutions that meet your unique needs.

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Dr. Paul Poulakos

  • Attending Psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Past Clinical Assistant Professor of NYU Langone Medical Center
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