Everyone has routines they follow. However, when your habits are accompanied by anxiety or fear and disrupt your regular activities, you may have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). At Ketaminology, Anh Ngo, MD, MBA; James Mirazita, MD; and PK Suchdev, MD, provide expert diagnosis and treatment for OCD, including ketamine infusion therapy, to patients in Newington, Nashua, and throughout the state of New Hampshire. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.
OCD is a specific type of anxiety disorder characterized by obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are intrusive, focused thoughts, ideas, and sensations. Compulsions are repetitive, ritualistic behaviors that you continually perform despite potentially negative consequences.
While everyone has repetitive thoughts and follows routines, if you have OCD, your thoughts are persistent and intrusive. Your behaviors are rigid, disruptive, and cause distress when you can’t complete them. Your compulsive behaviors are often driven by your obsessive thoughts.
For example, if you’re obsessed with cleanliness or germs, you may compulsively wash your hands to the point where your skin is damaged.
Other common obsessions include:
Common compulsions include:
If you have intrusive or unwanted thoughts or behaviors that are getting in the way of your life, make an appointment with the team at ketaminology today.
The ketaminology team treats OCD with customized treatment plans. These plans may include medication or other therapies to relieve your symptoms along with psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.
Oral medications and ketamine infusion therapy help to regulate your brain chemistry and neurotransmitter function to reduce your symptoms. Ideally, these treatments provide sufficient relief so that you have the mental clarity and energy to focus on resolving issues that contribute to your condition and learning to change your behaviors in therapy.
Ketamine infusion therapy is a rapid treatment for a variety of mental health conditions, including OCD. The team at ketaminology delivers a small dose of ketamine intravenously to stimulate glutamate production.
Glutamate is an amino acid that supports healthy neural function and neurotransmitter growth. Low levels of glutamate are linked to many mental health disorders. When your glutamate levels increase, your brain functions correctly and reduces your OCD symptoms.
If OCD is interfering with your life, call ketaminology or make an appointment online.