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"I have CDO, it's like OCD, but all the letters in alphabetical order...As they should be."


Things To Know About OCD

Questions and Answers

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is characterized as an anxiety disorder and has components of obsession(s) and/or compulsion(s). Obsessions are persistent, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations; compulsions which drive the patient to perform unwanted repetitive functions, classically described in the literature (DSM-5). Some of the repetitive functions include extensive hand washing, cleaning, and checking on things. Severe OCD can alter a person’s life and may lead to unintentional self-harm.

Do I have OCD?

About 1.2% of US population suffers from OCD, with women being affected more than man. OCD becomes clinically apparent during early adulthood at around 19 yrs of age. (NIMH, OCD)


What causes OCD?

The exact mechanism or processes underlying the development of OCD has (have) not been elucidated. Although there are a few theories that point to abnormalities in serotonin (5-HT) and dysfunction in the dopamine system in the central nervous system; increased blood flow and metabolic activity in the orbitofrontal cortex, limbic structures to name a few.


Why Should I get help?

Severe OCD is disabling and may be life threatening.

How is OCD treated?

First and foremost, a detailed psychiatric assessment must be performed by a licensed mental health provider. This will lead to an effective development of a treatment plan with appropriate follow up. Once a diagnosis is obtained one must tailor the treatment according to the presenting signs and symptoms. Furthermore, a trial of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy may be necessary following further evaluation for medication appropriateness (; American Psychiatric Association).

A lot of times it takes a trained provider a few visits before a diagnosis can be reached due to co-morbid conditions and complex symptoms; please resist from self-diagnosis and seek professional consultation. Self-diagnosis may easily cause misconceptions, and false beliefs about signs and symptoms further leading to misdiagnosis that ultimately interfere with the doctor-patient relationship and recommended treatments.

Treating Patients With OCD In Miami

Are you dealing with OCD?

We Can Help.

Did you know you can speak with us directly or simply via E-mail? Reach out to us today and we can set up a private consultation at your earliest convenience. 

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