Adnan Durrani, M.D.
Psychiatrist located in Lorton, Suite 123, VA
Around 1 in 100 Americans struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). At the office of Adnan Durrani, MD, you receive the highest quality psychiatric care to help you stay in control of your OCD symptoms. Dr. Durrani specializes in treating and managing OCD so that you can live a happy, healthy life. Schedule a diagnostic evaluation for obsessive-compulsive disorder online or by calling the office in Lorton, Virginia, today.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Q & A
What is obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic mental health disorder that causes uncontrollable, repetitive thoughts (obsessions). People with OCD also feel like they need to repeat certain behaviors (compulsions) over and over again.
OCD can develop in children and adults. Its cause isn’t well understood. But your genetic history, environment, and brain structure and function can contribute to your risk of developing OCD.
When should I seek treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder?
You should schedule a consultation for OCD at the office of Adnan Durrani, MD LLC if you have any symptoms that concern you. These include obsessions about germs, unwanted or aggressive thoughts about sex or self-harm, or a strong need to have things in perfect order.
Signs of OCD-related compulsions include:
- Excessive cleaning
- Repetitive hand washing
- Compulsive counting
- Repeatedly checking things around the house (door locks, electrical outlets)
Some people with obsessive-compulsive disorder also develop physical symptoms, like eye blinking, repetitive movements, and other tics.
Dr. Durrani offers OCD evaluations through an online telemedicine platform. He assesses your symptoms and your overall medical history to create a treatment plan to manage your symptoms.
How is obsessive-compulsive disorder treated?
Your treatment plan for obsessive-compulsive disorder depends on what kind of symptoms you have and how severe they are.
Dr. Durrani has extensive experience using a combination of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication to improve your quality of life.
Currently, he offers therapy sessions only through his online telemedicine platform. Telemedicine allows you to meet with him no matter where you are, using your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Psychotherapy (talk therapy) and cognitive behavioral therapy help you understand your behaviors and thought patterns.
Dr. Durrani also provides you with tools to better cope with your thoughts and emotions to manage your OCD symptoms more effectively.
Medications like serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can relieve the symptoms of OCD. If these medications aren’t helping, antipsychotic drugs are available.
Dr. Durrani carefully monitors your medication use and can help you find the right medicine and dosage to provide symptom relief.
You might also benefit from diet and lifestyle changes that improve your overall health. Daily exercise can help you burn off extra energy and relieve stress that can worsen your OCD symptoms.
If you need help managing symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, call the office of Adnan Durrani, MD LLC today to schedule a telemedicine consultation. You can also book your appointment online.