Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Assessment & Diagnosis Services
An Overview of OCD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a mental health condition which is characterised by intrusive, recurrent, and disturbing thoughts (obsessions), often followed by compulsions to do various acts which one is driven to perform as a way of controlling the anxiety and distress caused by the obsessive thoughts. A person suffering from OCD can usually recognise that intrusive thoughts are excessive and do not make much sense, however, it is hard for them to control these thoughts and the associated compulsions.
Common types of obsessions and compulsions are around checking, cleanliness, fear of contamination and doing something wrong. Additionally, sexual, religious obsessions, and compulsions around symmetry or numbers are also very common. Some sufferers need to be exact and specific and their compulsions will reflect this.
Benefit of Getting an Assessment
Obtaining a diagnosis, for any condition, is often the step towards an improved life. A diagnosis will enable the person diagnosed to access information relevant to them, to obtain specific and tailored treatments and where relevant – medication.
With the right support and / or outlook a diagnosis can be extremely comforting, especially if a condition has been present for some time.
Whether you share your diagnosis with others or keep it private it can benefit interpersonal relationships including family, friends and work - making life easier.
If your assessment provides a negative diagnosis, that is that you don’t meet the criteria for this specific diagnosis, that can be equally as rewarding. Plus, our trained clinicians will advise if they recognise any potential, further, avenues for consideration.
How to Get an Assessment With Us at MHW?
Private healthcare refers to health services which you purchase yourself directly with the provider (MHW) or via medical insurance.
Although here at MHW we do provide some services to the NHS for certain conditions we also provide our full range of services privately too.
What are the benefits of Private Healthcare?
- In many instances choosing to go private means shorter waiting times and therefore quicker diagnosis and treatment.
- For some conditions a private practice may have access to a wider range of treatments, therapies and medications than the NHS
To find out more about seeing MHW as a private patient please contact us.
A detailed assessment initially by psychiatrist or psychologist will provide diagnosis and determine the best treatment plan.
Treatments for OCD
The treatment is usually a combination of pharmacological and psychological approaches. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention treatment can be effective. We are also able to offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment for OCD. Most patients suffering OCD will notice a significant improvement with treatment.
For more information or to find out how to book an appointment then please contact us.