OCD Specialist

Acadian Care LLC

Psychiatry & Mental Health Counseling Located in New Orleans, LA, Mandeville, LA, Slidell, LA, Hammond, LA, & Gulfport, MS

While everyone has habits and daily rituals, if your routines are interfering with your life, you may have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Acadian Care LLC, with offices located in New Orleans, Mandeville, Slidell, and Hammond, Louisiana, and Gulfport, Mississippi, offers comprehensive treatment for OCD to alleviate your symptoms and restore your quality of life. If you’re concerned about OCD, call Acadian Care LLC or schedule a consultation online.

OCD Q & A

What is OCD?

OCD is a type of anxiety disorder that causes obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are intrusive thoughts, fears, and sensations that only subside when you complete a compulsion. Compulsions are behaviors and rituals that provide temporary relief from your obsessions. 

Everyone follows certain rituals or behaviors; consider your routine when you wake up and get ready for work or as you prepare for bed. 

Compulsions are different in that you’re driven to complete the behavior to soothe your obsession, and they’re often time-consuming to the point that they disrupt your life. 

What are the symptoms of OCD?

OCD symptoms manifest as obsessions and compulsions. Some common obsessive symptoms include:

  • Fears of contamination, germs, or uncleanliness
  • The intense need for order or symmetry
  • Intrusive, aggressive thoughts about harming yourself or others
  • Worries about the safety of loved ones
  • Religious or sexual preoccupation

Compulsive symptoms include:

  • Counting
  • Checking repeatedly
  • Washing or cleaning
  • Following a strict routine
  • Repeating prayers or phrases aloud or silently
  • Demanding reassurances

OCD symptoms range in severity, and when left untreated, they can become more severe and disruptive. 

Compulsions only provide temporary relief from your obsessive thoughts. Over time, you may find that you need to complete your compulsive behaviors more frequently to abate your fears. 

Make an appointment at Acadian Care LLC if your symptoms provoke distress or get in the way of your regular activities. 

For example, if you’re spending so much time washing your hands or checking that you’ve locked your door that you’re always late to work, the team at Acadian Care LLC can help.

How is OCD treated?

Acadian Care LLC provides expert assessments to diagnose and evaluate OCD, which allows them to create customized treatment plans to address your specific needs. For example, you may benefit from a combination of medication and counseling. 

Medication can relieve your symptoms and provide the mental clarity needed to focus on therapy. 

During therapy, you can explore your fears and learn strategies to cope with your anxieties without relying on compulsive behaviors. Your provider can help you find the right techniques that allow you to lead a fulfilling life.

Call Acadian Care LLC or make an appointment online for expert diagnosis and treatment for OCD.