Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder characterized by anxiety and intrusive thoughts which results with repetitive behaviors in which aimed to reduce the associated apprehension. The main symptoms are excessive hygiene actions including washing and scrubbing, repeated actions, difficulties with intimacy and violent thoughts or act. OCD affects children and adolescents as well as adults.

Hadassah medical center is offering a wide range of treatment options for Obsessive compulsive disorder patients, mainly by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for patients with OCD
Hadassah Psychiatry unit is offering effective treatments for reducing the frequency and intensity of the obsessive compulsive disorder symptoms. Effective psychological therapy for OCD stresses changes in behavior and thoughts (cognitions).

In most cases, behavioral and cognitive therapy for OCD is combined along with medication for better results.

Antidepressants (SSRIs ) are used in order to relieve the obsessive thoughts and subsequent compulsive behaviors in OCD patients. By increasing the level of serotonin in the brain, antidepressants help to regulate the communication between different parts of the brain.

SSRIs medications include:

  • fluoxetine
  • fluvoxamine
  • paroxetine
  • sertaline
  • citalopram
  • escitalopram

Have you been diagnosed with an OCD syndrome? Contact Hadassah's Psychiatry service today