Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

What is OCD?

Tuesday, 02 November 2010 01:39 PM

Question: What is OCD, and what is your best treatment advice?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by repetitive thoughts that are often followed with predictable behavior patterns.

All is well until these obsessions or compulsions increase in number, or become so ritualized that normal behavior and socialization becomes adversely affected by the habitual behavior pattern. Some view victims of OCD as unusual, and others pass them off as simply "the way they are."

Medication is available to help its victims, and often psychiatric consultation and medical management is advisable.

OCD can become more and more time consuming to its victims, and early interventional therapy is advised, before the ritualized abnormal behavior patterns become so established as to interfere with daily activities and family affairs.

Some feel significant relief with psycho-pharmaceuticals, but most require CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) to effectively manage their OCD. Not all psychiatrists are skilled in CBT, so ask your primary care doctor for a referral before simple OCD becomes an overwhelming issue in your life.

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