Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA -  - Board Certified Psychiatrist

Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA

Board Certified Psychiatrist located in Jacksonville, FL

Chronic mental health conditions like obsessive-compulsive disorder can negatively impact all aspects of your life, including at work and in your relationships. Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA, is an experienced board-certified psychiatrist in Jacksonville, Florida, who provides compassionate and personalized services to the men and women in his care to manage their conditions, including obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you have intrusive thoughts or the compelling need to repeat certain actions, call Dr. Madkaiker or schedule an appointment online today.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Q & A

What is an obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental health condition that causes you to have intrusive and excessive thoughts and behaviors that you’re compelled to repeat continuously.

OCD symptoms usually appear in your childhood years through early adulthood, though they’re typically seen at a younger age in men than women. People with OCD can sometimes spend hours each day focused on their obsessive thoughts and behaviors.

What are the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

OCD symptoms are characterized by obsessing about irrational thoughts or impulses, and then compulsively and repetitively acting out based on the obsession. Examples of obsessive thoughts or impulses include:

  • Thoughts about harming others
  • Fears of shouting inappropriate things in public
  • Unwanted thoughts of unpleasant sexual images
  • Worries about not having done something such as locking the door

Compulsions are the physical actions that provide momentary relief to the obsessions. These repetitive actions might include hand washing, counting, or checking to see if an action was completed such as that you indeed locked the door.

What causes obsessive-compulsive disorder?

While the exact cause of OCD is unknown, it might be due to several areas of the brain that aren’t responding normally to communication signals.

Environmental factors during childhood can also play a role in developing obsessive-compulsive disorder, as do your genetics. In fact, there’s a nearly 25% chance of you having OCD if you have a parent or sibling with the disorder.

How is obsessive-compulsive disorder diagnosed and treated?

To make an obsessive-compulsive disorder diagnosis, Dr. Madkaiker might recommend blood tests to rule out other causes of your symptoms like medications, a medical condition, or illegal drugs. An OCD diagnosis indicates that you have obsessions, compulsions, or a combination of both that are impacting your life, work, and relationships.

There isn’t a cure for OCD, but Dr. Madkaiker can help you effectively manage your symptoms through a combination of medications and psychotherapy. Two highly effective therapies for OCD include cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and exposure and response therapy (ERT).

In addition to obsessive-compulsive disorder, Dr. Madkaiker watches for other related conditions that can occur simultaneously, including:

  • Trichotillomania: the urge to pull out and sometimes eat your own hair
  • Body dysmorphic disorder: an obsession with your physical appearance
  • Hoarding disorder: the compulsion to collect large amounts of items and inability to throw things away

For help managing your obsessive-compulsive disorder, call Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA, or schedule an appointment online today.