What is OCD?
OCD is an Anxiety Disorder. In OCD, people experience obsessions — intrusive, recurrent, and unwanted thoughts or impulses that cause severe anxiety and distress. Compulsions are then repetitive actions driven by the obsessions in an effort to neutralize the anxieties.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or OCD is not an uncommon psychological condition. Common obsessions include fear of contamination or illness, losing things or not having them when required. The need for symmetry can be an obsession. Obsessions may sometimes involve sexual, violent or religious themes. Common compulsions include washing/cleaning, checking, arranging, counting, praying, hoarding, etc.
The major known factors for OCD are neurobiological, genetic, cognitive and environmental. It usually begins in childhood or early adulthood. Majority of sufferers are aware that their obsessions are irrational, yet feel helpless. There is also the tendency in OCD to develop depression, which worsens the suffering and complicates the treatment. A disabling disorder that makes its sufferers feel ashamed, OCD can badly affect personal, professional, and social life if left untreated.
With proper treatment, people with OCD can regain control over their lives and feel significant relief from their symptoms. The two main options for treating OCD are psychotherapy and medications which are often used in combination for maximum success.
Psychotherapies for OCD generally include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Support groups. Effective medications used for OCD are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) which is a class of antidepressants.. Other medications like antianxiety and antipsychotic agents can also be used depending upon the nature and severity of the patients’ symptoms.
Ketamine is an emergent treatment method now acknowledged by medical health and mental health professionals as a safe and effective option for treating a number of mental health conditions including OCD. Mental healthcare experts are finding that Ketamine even works where other drugs and therapies have failed. This is the reason Ketamine now holds an important spot for treating treatment-resistant OCD.
Ketamine also works rapidly where other treatments for OCD usually requires several weeks to months to feel a difference.
Ketamine in low doses packs such potency in lifting anxiety thereby eliminating the obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Plus it doesn’t come with the major side-effects of the traditional antidepressant medications such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and fatigue.
If you or a loved one are still suffering from OCD after trying traditional methods of treatment, Ketamine can be a compelling option.
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Dr. Mendiola is Ventura's trusted hometown doctor, caring for its residents and neighboring counties’ since 2000.
He completed his psychiatry residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, his advanced TMS Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, and is dual-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the National Board of Medical Examiners.