You Have OCD – Now What?Posted by Phil Cardenas on Jan 29, 2014
If you think it’s odd to congratulate someone on a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, understand that going through the screening and testing required for an accurate diagnosis is a big first step on the path toward treating and managing OCDt. So, congratulations! You’re moving toward a better and more productive life.
You’re not on the road alone, either. It’s estimated that 1 in every 40 adults in the U.S. suffers from OCD, and the World Health Organization ranks OCD as one of the top 20 causes of illness-related disability for individuals between 15 and 44 years of age worldwide.
OCD is a neurobiological disorder characterized by obsessions and compulsions that are persistent and cause significant distress in those who have it. Fortunately for sufferers and those around them, OCD is generating more attention and interest, and thus more in-depth study than ever before. The result is that increased effective treatments are evolving as its wide-spread occurrence is better understood.
One of the most effective treatments for OCD is known as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), a process in which triggers for OCD behavior are identified and addressed. By identifying OCD triggers, a therapist is able to help a patient recognize them and work to minimize or even eliminate their effect.
The first and most important step to take after being diagnosed with OCD is choosing a therapist. Not all mental health professionals are trained to properly diagnose and treat OCD, so it’s very important to know how to pick the therapist that’s right for you. Only a qualified cognitive behavior therapist can provide effective, appropriate CBT so don’t be afraid to ask questions to help determine whether he or she is competent to administer CBT.
As you start your journey toward relief, take an active role in your treatment. Organizations and support groups dedicated to OCD are increasingly available. Take advantage of them. Beyond OCD is an organization devoted to better understanding of OCD, its diagnosis, and its treatment. Our website has lots of information on the disorder, how to recognize it, and resources for additional information and treatment.
Beyond OCD is committed to offering OCD sufferers and their loved ones the latest information on the disorder as well as carefully chosen sources for treatment. To learn more about OCD and its treatment, visit our web site at BeyondOCD.org. It’s there to help you get the information you need to go beyond OCD.